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Track Fire, Burning Near Raton, New Mexico, Has Expanded Rapidly And Crossed The Border Into Colorado

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RATON FIRE ENTERS COLORADO
In a June 13, 2011 photo provided by the New Mexico State Forestry Dept. shows smoke from the the Track Fire burning near Raton, N.M., on Monday, June 13, 2011. The fire has charred about 2,700 acres and has forced the closure of I-25 near the New Mexico-Colorado border and some 200 homes and businesses are being threatened by the fire. (AP Photo/New Mexico State Forestry Dept., Mary Stuever) | AP

The fire blazing through Raton, New Mexico has tripled in size overnight and has crossed the border into Colorado, Tuesday morning.

The Huffington Post/AP reported earlier that the Raton wildfire fanned by high winds forced hundreds of people from their homes more than doubled in size to an estimated 6,000 acres, just Monday.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire has aggressively expanded and is burning over 24,000 acres in a very short period of time, according to a statement made by New Mexico States Forestry spokesman, Dan Ware to the Denver Post. The fire burns on both sides of I-25 and the highway between Trinidad, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico remains closed.

Barbara Riley, a school teacher ad owner of the Heart’s Desire Bed and Breakfast in Raton had this to say in a statement made to the Colorado Springs Gazette:

It’s very close. We’re watching trees explode before our eyes. It’s horrendous.

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