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More Than 260 New Mexico Homes Burned By Record-Breaking Wildfire

 Tuesday, May 17, 2022

 Farmington Daily Times

A monster blaze churning in northern New Mexico for more than a month has blackened enough acreage to earn a place in the state’s record books.

Aside from being the largest wildfire currently burning in the U.S., the fire moving over the Sangre de Cristo mountain range is now the largest in the arid state’s recorded history.

More than 260 homes have burned and more evacuations were prompted over the weekend as the blaze moved through dry -- and in some cases dead -- stands of pine and fir trees.

Huge columns of smoke could be seen from miles away, and fire officials and weather forecasts continue to refer to it as an unprecedented situation.

‘We’re trying to think bigger box, bigger picture," Nickie Johnny, an incident commander from California who is helping with the fire, said about efforts to find places miles ahead of the flames where crews can cut fire lines and mount a defense.
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