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New Mexico crews battle 2 wildfires as smoke pours into Santa Fe

Saturday - 6/1/2013, 3:00pm  ET

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) -- Fire crews are battling a pair of wildfires in New Mexico that have scorched thousands of acres, spurred evacuation calls for dozens of homes and poured smoke into the touristy state capital.

State officials say the uncontained blaze near Santa Fe grew to 8 square miles Saturday, leaving the city under a blanket of haze. The fire in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest is burning just 25 miles from the city.

Meanwhile about 80 miles west, forestry officials say the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs started had grown to about 1 square mile.

Between 40 and 50 homes in the area were evacuated as around 80 crew members and a helicopter arrived to help fight the blaze.

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APPHOTO NMSAN101: Smoke billows from a wildfire, Thursday May 30, 2013 near Pecos, N.M. Officials asked residents in 140 homes -- mostly used for the summer -- to leave as crews battled the 3.1-square-mile blaze near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas, about 25 miles east of Santa Fe.(AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Luis Sanchez Saturno) (30 May 2013)

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APPHOTO AZTS201: Tracy Bennett, ranch manager of Hidden Valley Ranch, a corporate retreat and guest ranch near Pecos, N.M., watches a large plume of smoke rise from a wildfire Friday, May 31, 2013. Bennett had to evacuate four guests the day before when the fast-moving fire in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest threatened the ranch and nearby cabins and vacation homes. (AP Photo/Barry Massey) (31 May 2013)

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APPHOTO NMALJ102: Bobb Barnes, with the Pecos Canyon Fire Department, blocks traffic as he watches a 100 acre fire burning out of control about 10 miles north of Pecos, N.M. on Thursday, May 30, 2013. A fast-moving blaze in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest prompted evacuations of residences and campgrounds, threatened upscale cabins and vacation homes, and closed a highway. Officials asked residents in 150 homes, mostly used for the summer , to evacuate as crews battled the 1,000-acre blaze near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas, about 25 miles west of Santa Fe. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Eddie Moore) (30 May 2013)

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APPHOTO NMALJ101: A 100 acre fire burns out of control about 10 miles north of Pecos, N.M. on Thursday, May 30, 2013. A fast-moving blaze in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest prompted evacuations of residences and campgrounds, threatened upscale cabins and vacation homes, and closed a highway. Officials asked residents in 150 homes, mostly used for the summer , to evacuate as crews battled the 1,000-acre blaze near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas, about 25 miles west of Santa Fe. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Eddie Moore) (30 May 2013)

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