Massive New Mexico Wildfire Spreading in All Directions

A massive New mexico wildfire, already the largest in state history, has grown to 190,00 acres and continues to spread in all directions, reports the Associated Press ( More than 1,200 firefighters are fighting the fire which is five percent contained.

The news outlet quotes experts stating that persistent drought, climate change and shifts in land use and firefighting strategies mean other western states likely will see similar giant fires this season. Strategies now focus on burnout operations until conditions are safe to begin containment.

Many counties have established emergency telephone and email notification systems to warn of wildfires and most states have enlisted crews from nearby states to be ready when a big fire comes.

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