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Sep 3, 2013 12:44 PM by katc

Search effort for missing NM firefighter grows

The search for a Forest Service firefighter missing since Friday in 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 checking a wildfire on an ATV. Search spokeswoman Dorotea Martinez says about 250 people will participate Tuesday.

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

Adams failed to return to a pre-arranged meeting point Friday with two other firefighters who were checking on 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. Rain hindered the search late Monday as mud slowed ground crews.

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