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The Latest: Wildfires burn across the Western US

  • A DC-10 tanker drops fire retardant at a low altitude to help combat a wildfire near Santa Barbara, Calif. on Friday, June 17, 2016. The latest size estimate Friday morning is nearly three times the previous acreage, with just 5 percent containment. The fire has been stoked by the region's afternoon and evening "Sundowner" winds, which blast down the face of the Santa Ynez Mountains toward the Pacific Ocean. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    A DC-10 tanker drops fire retardant at a low altitude to help combat a wildfire near Santa Barbara, Calif. on Friday, June 17, 2016. The latest size estimate Friday morning is nearly three times the previous acreage, with just 5 percent containment. The fire has been stoked by the region's afternoon and evening "Sundowner" winds, which blast down the face of the Santa Ynez Mountains toward the Pacific Ocean. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)  (The Associated Press)

  • A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop to help combat a wildfire near Santa Barbara, Calif., on Friday, June 17, 2016. Stoked by winds, a wildfire burning west of Santa Barbara roared down mountain slopes toward the Pacific Ocean, shutting down California's major coastal highway and forcing a group of firefighters to seek shelter behind a fire engine as flames licked at them. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop to help combat a wildfire near Santa Barbara, Calif., on Friday, June 17, 2016. Stoked by winds, a wildfire burning west of Santa Barbara roared down mountain slopes toward the Pacific Ocean, shutting down California's major coastal highway and forcing a group of firefighters to seek shelter behind a fire engine as flames licked at them. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)  (The Associated Press)

  • Travelers are warned about road closures along the Manzano Mountains near Tajique, N.M., on Friday, June 17, 2016. A wildfire burning to the north had charred more than 26 square miles after starting earlier this week, forcing evacuations and destroying an estimated 24 homes. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    Travelers are warned about road closures along the Manzano Mountains near Tajique, N.M., on Friday, June 17, 2016. A wildfire burning to the north had charred more than 26 square miles after starting earlier this week, forcing evacuations and destroying an estimated 24 homes. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on wildfires in the Western U.S. (all times local):

7:39 a.m.

A wildfire burning in tinder dry forest and grassland in central New Mexico southeast of Albuquerque has destroyed 24 homes and 21 minor structures.

Fire managers released the damage information overnight after saying previously that the blaze destroyed some structures near the small community of Chilili as it made a big push Wednesday night.

Approximately 630 personnel are assigned to the fire. It has burned 25 square miles since it started Tuesday morning.

The cause remains under investigation.

Gov. Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency hours before residents in Chilili, Mercid, Escobosa and Yrisarri were forced to leave their homes Wednesday.