Duane Archuleta, forest fire management officer for the Santa Fe and Carson national forests, said if winds pushed the blaze toward an area that burned in the 2000 Viveash fire, it might help efforts to contain it.
"The fire could run and hit that ridge and kind of die out on that ridge," he said.
No structures had burned and no injuries were reported, but the fire was burning near Tres Lagunas, an upscale community of cabins and vacation homes.
"They're really working that hard and holding onto that," Archuleta said.
Among those evacuated were a group of seventh-graders staying at the Panchuela Campground.
Some homeowners in the Pecos Canyon area couldn't reach their houses Thursday because emergency crews had closed state Highway 63.
Tracy Bennett, manager of Hidden Valley Ranch guest ranch north of Pecos, said he evacuated his four guests as soon he saw smoke Thursday.
"The power's out and with all this going on, it's just unnerving," he said Friday as he watched the blaze from the roadblock.
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