Crews on NM fire prepare to send copters into air

FILE - In this May 17, 2012, file photo, fire burns through trees on the Hewlett wildfire in the Poudre Canyon northwest of Fort Collins, Colo. The fire, which started Monday, May 14, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins, had prompted officials to evacuate about 80 homes, but all residents were allowed to return by Friday night. No buildings have been damaged, and the blaze was about 45 percent contained Saturday afternoon, May 19. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

May 27, 2012 4:36:59 PM PDT
Crews fighting a wildfire in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico benefited from lighter winds Sunday, allowing them to focus on building protection lines on key flanks of the blaze and preparing to send water-dropping helicopters into the air for the first time in several days.