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Fire Extinguished In New Mexico

Sat., May 11, 1996, midnight

Firefighters smothered a fast-moving wildfire Friday that burned 7,500 acres, destroyed 32 buildings in one town and threatened three other communities in six days.

“It’s out,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman Bert Hart said of the Hondo Fire, sparked last Sunday by a trash barrel fire in San Cristobal.

The fire roared out of town into neighboring La Lama, destroying 32 buildings, including 18 homes. Then it spread into the Carson National Forest.

At one point, 1,000 people were evacuated from San Cristobal, Questa and Red River as a precaution.

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