KINGSTON, N.M. (KRQE) - The Silver Fire regained its strength Wednesday as stiff winds and high temperatures ended a few days of relative calm.
After 12 days the blaze continues to churn northward through the high country of the Black Range.
It was on the north end that most of the 5,500 acres of reported expansion happened in the last 24 hours.
Much of that aggressive growth was in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness north of 10,020-foot Hillsboro Peak.
Firefighters continue to keep a close watch on the historic mining town of Kingston where active fire remains within mile. The flames already have made two runs on the town with firefighters blocking their path before any homes or other buildings were reached.
Elsewhere rough terrain and explosive growth make it too dangerous for firefighters to attack directly, and on Wednesday high winds kept helicopters and air tanker from dropping water and retardant.
If the winds continue as forecast, incident commanders say the fire could grow another several thousand acres by Thursday.
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