December 5, 2022

The rapid spread of wildfires has worried New Mexico authorities

Due to the current risk, district officials could not provide a full account of how many structures were destroyed or damaged. But Joy Ansley, county manager for San Miguel County, said before the Hermits Peak / Golf Canyon fire spread on Friday, it had destroyed 200 structures.

There were 8 more fires burning in the state on Saturday. New Mexico is one Many states have faced wildfires This spring, more windy and drier conditions may be linked to climate change.

In Arizona, firefighters put out a subway fire that burned 19,075 acres near Flagstaff in the central part of the state. InciWeb, Government website that monitors wildfires. By Saturday night the fire was 92 percent under control.

About 100 miles southwest of the fire, the Crooks fire near Mount Union burned over 9,000 acres and was 38 percent controlled, according to InciWeb. In Nebraska, firefighters controlled 97 percent of the fires on Road 702, which burned about 44,000 acres. Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

Roger Montoya, the New Mexico state representative who covers the three districts currently affected by the fire, spent time with a group last week, distributing food and other supplies to residents who have not yet left. Some have no electricity, he said.

“Individuals are reluctant to leave their homes,” he said.

Samuel Coca, general manager of a bar at the Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, NM, said he had three vehicles full of belongings if he and his family had to leave.

As the fire intensified on Friday, with the number of people leaving their homes, his bar began offering free buffet dinner to firefighters and evacuees. Many left the house with the clothes they were wearing and nothing else, he added.