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Wildfires rage in New Mexico


Smoke billows near Cleveland, N.M., last week. Associated Press/Photo by Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican, file

Wildfires rage in New Mexico

More than 1,600 firefighters responded to two blazes that covered a combined area more than twice the size of Philadelphia. They had contained about half of the fires by Sunday night, but a red-flag warning remained in effect through Monday night as hot, gusty winds threatened to fan the flames northeast of Santa Fe.

How do things look? The fires have destroyed more than 300 structures over two weeks. Firefighters managed to push back the eastern edge of the blaze before it reached Las Vegas, N.M., the region’s largest city. But the flames still threatened more than 20,000 buildings as of Sunday morning, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Winds reached 50 mph, and officials warned residents in some smaller communities to be ready to evacuate.

Dig deeper: Listen to Sarah Schweinsberg report on a small California town’s recovery from a devastating wildfire on a special episode of The World and Everything in It podcast.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a former assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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