By Russell Contreras
The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE — Two lightning-sparked blazes that merged in a mountainous southwestern New Mexico forest is close to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, fire officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. Forest Service said the erratic blaze in Gila National Forest had grown to about 152,000 acres by Tuesday — just 5,000 acres from breaking the state record. It is about 15 miles east of Glenwood, N.M., a small town with a few hundred residents.