Heavy winds expected to fan New Mexico wildfire over weekend

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By Andrew Hay and Tyler Clifford TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) – Firefighting teams in New Mexico braced on Friday for a mix of relentless winds, near-record high temperatures and low humidity expected to stoke a blaze that has chased thousands from their homes in the mountains and canyons near Santa Fe. Forecasts called for steady gale-force winds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) to sweep the northern New Mexico fire zone starting Saturday, accompanied by temperatures in the 90s Fahrenheit and single-digit humidity readings. U.S. Forest Service officials said the extreme winds, expected to persist…

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