Sawmill Fire 81 percent contained

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The Sawmill Fire south of Magdalena continued to burn on Friday morning, but the size of the fire is remaining consistent and is now 81 percent contained, according to a Magdalena Ranger District press release.

The fire is currently burning at a size of 104 acres, a number that represents the success of strategies implemented to keep the blaze from growing significantly. Last weekend the fire grew to 135 acres, but as of Monday morning it was burning at a reduced size of 101 acres, according to an infrared image.

According to the press release, “Firefighters have been able to prep and hold the fire line at the Ryan Hill/Sawmill Canyon Divide. Rock slides and scree slopes have helped to keep the fire from spreading to the north and south along the fire perimeter.

“The fire keeps rolling and backing down into Sawmill Canyon. Structure protection and a structure protection plan were provided to Magdalena Ridge Observatory and Langmuir Labs.”

Most of the activity is still in the interior of the fire, and no structures are listed as being threatened. As of Friday morning, there are a total of 86 personnel working to fight the fire, a somewhat significant drop from the roughly 140 that were on site last week. The New Mexico Gila/Las Cruses Type 3 Fire Management Team turned the Sawmill Fire back to the Magdalena Ranger District at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, according to the release.

Forest Road 235 is still closed to the public, and Stage I and Stage II Fire Restrictions are in place on the Magdalena Ranger District.