Search effort for missing NM firefighter grows

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The search for a Forest Service firefighter missing since Friday in the northern New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest is growing.

About 100 people were involved in the search Monday for 41-year-old Token Adams, who vanished while sizing up the perimeter of a wildfire on an ATV. Search spokeswoman Doratea Martinez says about 250 people will be out looking Tuesday.

And Martinez says a regional interagency management team is taking over the search Tuesday morning.

Adams failed to return to a pre-arranged meeting point Friday with two other firefighters who were also riding ATVs around a 25-acre wildfire in the area of Jemez (HAY’-mus) Springs.

The lightning-started wildfire was fully contained late Friday.

The search is being conducted in mesas and canyons, through heavy timber, brush and grass.

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