New Mexico Wildfire Nears State Record

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire in New Mexico is close to becoming the state’s largest wildfire — and it is still growing, reports the Los Angels Times (

The fire has burned 152,012 acres of the Gila National Forest. The state’s previous wildfire record was set last summer, when the Las Conchas fire scorched 156,593 acres.

Harsh weather and an abundance of flammable fuel is expected to aid the fire in its growth.

More than 1,110 people are fighting the lightning-sparked fire, details the newspaper. The firefighters are attempting to lay down containment lines and burning out any kindling that might aid in the fire’s growth.

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