Barely Contained New Mexico Fire Continues to Burn

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Thousands of firefighters continue to fight New Mexico's biggest wildfire on record.

Firefighters say they've only just begun to contain the blaze, which now stretches 355 square miles. They warn it could be weeks before they have the situation fully under control.

"We'll see those containment numbers grow, but 70 percent of the fire is in wilderness areas, and it's very tough to hike crews in, so we'll see a point when those numbers slow down," Emergency Management spokesman Ricardo Zuniga told the Los Angeles Times.

Drought, winds, and hot temperatures are fueling the blaze.

"The challenge continues to be hot, dry weather," Zuniga told The LA Times. "The humidity is very low -- it's going to drop down into the single digits -- so we essentially have 100 percent ignition."

But in some areas evacuation orders are being lifted and residents and business owners will be allowed to return home Monday

Meanwhile, a wildfire in Utah has turned deadly.

Two pilots were killed Sunday after their air tanker crashed while fighting the 5,000-acre White Rock wildfire.

The tanker, owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, went down just before 1 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities withdrew fire crews from the site after the tragedy.

"To have them working on the fire lines after this is more than we would like to ask firefighters," Don Smurthwaite, spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, said. "It's obviously a horrifying and tragic event."

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