The Calf Canyon Fire started last week and Together with the Fire Hermits Peak
, which was already burning near Las Vegas, New Mexico. By Saturday morning, Calf Canyon had occupied more than 97,000 acres – a huge jump
Of about 65,800 acres burned the previous day. The fire was 32% contained on Saturday, according to the interagency reporting site Insiweb.
The rapid spread of flames prompted evacuation orders Friday for areas across and near San Miguel County, including Big Pine, Galinas, Lower Canyon Road, Trout Springs, Hot Springs and east and west Sapilo, officials said.
Several communities in the county remained under evacuation orders Saturday, as did others in neighboring Mora County, according to press release
From the San Miguel County Office of Emergency Management and the City of Las Vegas.
“This emerging situation remains extremely dangerous and refusing to evacuate could be a fatal decision,” officials said in the statement.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Logan Grisham also appealed to residents to respond to orders to evacuate, say
On Twitter, “Buildings can be replaced, but you can’t.”
The flames spreading Friday were pushed by “high wind speeds” in two directions: east toward Las Vegas and south through Gallinas Canyon, according to New Mexico Fire Information. website.
“We’ve been watching the shooting march of a mile, roughly, every hour,” Jason Coyle, COO of the incident management team for the Southwest District, said during Saturday. instructions.
Coyle said the hot springs area began evacuating on Friday afternoon as the flames approached. Coyle said the Mineral Hill area began evacuating around midnight, after the southern portion of the fire crossed previous containment lines.
Coyle said the fire was about three-quarters of a mile from the nearest house in Mineral Hill during Saturday’s news conference.
On the eastern side of the fire, Cowell added, there was a new threat on Saturday to areas including Las Tosas, Manuelitas and the Sapelo District.
and fire conditions expected to worsen.
While the northern part of the state was expected to get a break from the strong winds on Saturday, stronger winds are expected to return Sunday along with “more severe fire weather conditions,” the National Weather Service in Albuquerque said. She said.
More than 1,000 people have been battling Calf Valley and peak Hermets fires, and officials are investigating what may have started the fires.
A little further north, the bonfire of Chefs Peak, which began about two weeks ago, is still burning.
The fire burned more than 56,000 acres and was 56% contained on Saturday morning, according to fire information website.
The state has Forest fires were seen burning more acres
So far this year — more than 173,000 — compared to seven of the past eight years, according to statistics from the Southwest Coordination Center.
And it could go wrong. Peak fire season in New Mexico is not until June, with the months usually having the highest number of fires being June, May, July, and April, in that order.
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The National Weather Service said on Saturday that smoke from the northern New Mexico fires is reducing air quality, and it urged people over 65 and those with poor respiratory health to “monitor visibility and reduce time outdoors.”
CNN’s Monica Jarrett contributed to this report.