Cibola National Forest fire continues to grow in New Mexico

August 28, 2019 GMT

SAN MATEO, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire in Cibola National Forest continues to grow as around 130 firefighters work to fight the inferno.

New Mexico and federal fire officials said late Tuesday the blaze has swelled to 8 square miles (20.7 square kilometers) and is around 28% contained.

Recent rains have created favorable conditions, allowing fire managers from the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands to manage the wildfire near an inactive stratovolcano in the San Mateo Mountains.

Officials say the fire was caused by lightning on August 4. It’s located about 100 miles (161 kilometers) west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.