New Mexico fire forces evacuation near ghost town

Smoke from the wild fire can be seen from Spring Valley as the sun goes down and firefighters try to protect the town of Crown King Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in Crown King, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

Smoke from the wild fire can be seen from Spring Valley as the sun goes down and firefighters try to protect the town of Crown King Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in Crown King, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

(AP) -- Officials say there's still no containment on a raging New Mexico wildfire covering more than 81,000 acres that's promoted health alerts across a wide area of the state due to the smoke.

Residents near a privately owned ghost town were ordered to evacuate yesterday as a blaze in the Gila National Forest continued to burn erratically.

Officials say weather conditions are preventing crews from making serious headway. Four helicopters and more than 500 firefighters from around the state are on hand to fight the blaze but still had to contend with "extreme conditions."

In Colorado, crews are fighting a wildfire that has scorched more than 3,000 acres of rugged canyon land near the Colorado-Utah border. Officials say sheriff's deputies have evacuated the Buckeye Reservoir area, a popular recreation spot near the Utah border. The Rock Creek and Sinbad Valley areas also were evacuated.


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