The Cedar Creek Fire burning in the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, 12 miles south of Show Low, has grown to approximately 8,000 acres.
About 800 firefighters, who are dealing with a steep and rugged terrain, have not contained any portion of the fire as of Thursday evening.
The community was among those in Bernalillo and Torrance counties placed under a mandatory evacuation order as flames raced northeast.
"The only thing I'm anxious about is the wind", area resident Manuel Urban told KOAT.com, "because if it picks up, then there's nothing that is going to stop that fire".
Fire official said early Friday that the blaze had calmed a bit after surging Thursday night. The area also is seeing rising temperatures as a weekend heat wave begins.
"I have instructed my senior staff, the State Forester, the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs and the Department of Public Safety to provide all necessary support to local and federal agencies as they work to control the fire and protect the Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low and White Mountain Apache communities from danger".
A 20-mile stretch of US 60 was closed as crews conducted back-burning operations to stop fire progression.
Several campgrounds and canyon areas were evacuated when the fire erupted Wednesday afternoon.
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A Type-One Incident Management Team took charge of the firefighting effort, which means battling the Cedar Fire is the top priority in the state.
No evacuations have been ordered.
In central New Mexico, firefighters struggled to make progress against a blaze that exploded to 25 square miles and forced residents of some small communities to flee after sending up a towering plume of smoke that blanketed the state's largest city in a thick haze.
The blaze had charred about 12.5 square miles, including thousands of acres that were set on fire by firefighters to deprive the fire of fuel.
A state of emergency has been declared as the Dog Head Fire more than tripled to around 16,000 acres by Thursday night, forcing evacuations in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque.
Others areas that have been evacuated include Mercid, Escobosa, Yrisarri and Ponderosa Pines.
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