Gila: Monster Of A Wildfire Still Being Battled In N.M. [PHOTOS]

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The biggest wildfire in the history of New Mexico continues to burn, but the ghosts of Mogollon appear safe from having their ectoplasm singed, at least for another tourist season.

The Catron County Sheriff's Office will lift on Monday an evacuation order for the ghost town, which was first listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

As a result, business owners and residents can return to the privately owned ghost town on Monday, while it will again open to the public on Wednesday, according to InciWeb.

The evacuation of Mogollon -- a former mining town founded in the 19th century-- was ordered May 26 because of the high winds fanning the flames of the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Wildfire in Gila National Forest.

Meanwhile, other areas continue to be subject to closure orders in the vicinity of the wildfire, which was only 17 percent contained as of Sunday at 8 a.m. MDT.

Since the wildfire was sparked by lightning on May 16, it has charred more than 241,707 acres. To put this in perspective, 241,707 acres equals 378 square miles. And to put that in perspective, New York's five boroughs cover only 303 square miles.

A total of 1,236 firefighters, 67 engines, 29 water tenders, nine helicopters, and seven bulldozers were involved in battling the massive blaze as of Sunday's count, InciWeb reported.

Below are a dozen images provided by the U.S. Forest Service that set the scene on Saturday, especially in and around Mogollon.

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