ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Fire crews are on high alert.
The Silver Fire has grown to about 30,300 acres Tuesday.
It's the largest wildfire burning in the state and fire officials expect it to grow 2,000 to 3,000 more acres Wednesday due to increased winds. Wind gusts are expected to be 35 miles per hour during the day.
The fire remains five percent contained.
The small town of Kingston is still under an evacuation order. Residents have been displaced since June 10th.
Firefighters have managed to protect homes and other structures in the area.
Silver Fire update, U.S. Forest Service, Wednesday, June 19, 8:30 a.m.:
Dry conditions and wind contributed to the growth of the Silver Fire yesterday. The fire grew 5,500 acres to reach 30,300 acres. Firefighters were able to hold containment lines and protect the community of Kingston. The fire burned actively in Railroad Canyon, Carbonate Creek and Little Bear Canyon.
Predicted weather today will have west-southwest winds to 20 mph with possible gusts up to 35 mph and single digit humidity. The temperature is predicted to be in the mid 90's. Smoke from the fire today will be visible from miles away.
Crews will continue indirect line construction on the west flank of the fire along existing trails and mop up and patrol in the Kingston and Royal John Mine area. Team leadership says that the fire could grow another 2,000 to 6,000 acres today.
Cooperators include the Grant and Sierra County Sheriff's Departments, NM State Police, Las Cruces BLM District, NM State Forestry and NM Department of Transportation.
Daily public meetings continue to be held each morning at the Hillsboro Community Center at 10.
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