Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Encebado Fire Still Growing.(Journal North)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Staff Writer

Blaze Inches Into Watershed

TAOS PUEBLO -- A growing forest fire moved away from nearby homes Wednesday and deeper into a sacred watershed for Taos Pueblo.

The 4,000-acre Encebado Fire grew again Wednesday afternoon to the northeast and is only 10 percent contained. There is no projected date for firefighters to surround the blaze.

"There's some concern on the east side of the fire, which is in the upper reaches of the Rio Pueblo canyon area," Mark Lujan of the pueblo governor's office said.

That area is crucial to the pueblo's 1,500 residents for two reasons.

First, it provides drinking water to the pueblo. …

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