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RESIDENTS GO HOME, BUT PERIL OF FIRE ISN'T OVER

Residents of this mountain ski resort town returned to their homes after fire-fighters said a 7,200-acre blaze that burned into its fourth day wasn't an immediate threat.

But fire crews warned the 450 residents who had been evacuated that they might have to leave again in a hurry if the fire, slow-moving and six miles from town, picked up."It's scary to think that this might all go up in smoke," Billye Fagerquist said Tuesday after she and husband Ed returned to prepare for the summer opening of their campground and restaurant.

Efforts to keep the fire from advancing into the northern New Mexico communities of Red River and Questa appeared to be working.

Helicopters dropped some 250,000 gallons of water over two days on the flames in a steep canyon of the Carson National Forest as ground crews using hand tools chopped and burned firebreaks.