The Calf Canyon fire in New Mexico spreads over 100,000 acres 2022-05-01 14:19:52

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Red flag warnings – Issued when conditions are right for wildfires to start and spread – Stays in place across most fire zones in the Calf Valley and Hermits as variable winds, high temperatures and slight change in humidity defy “fire streaks established in several directions,” according to an update from InsiowebUS clearinghouse for information on wildfires.

According to InciWeb, the fire, which began on April 19 and then merged with the Hermits Peak Fire, has burned nearly 104,000 acres as of Sunday and is 30% contained.

Officials in northern New Mexico urged residents in more than two dozen communities to evacuate immediately Saturday before the wildfire erupted, after it exploded in size within a day.

“This emerging situation remains extremely dangerous and refusing to evacuate could be a fatal decision,” officials said in the statement.

The Sunday InsightWeb report said authorities in San Miguel and Mora County are asking residents within the fire zone to “remain on high alert for changes in evacuation situations and road closures.”

The report said officials also warned of unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups in the Las Vegas, New Mexico area as smoke pours into the valley.

According to the report, six scoopers and eight helicopters will continue air operations to slow the rate of fire spread and help firefighters on the ground.

It's only April, and New Mexico has already had year-long fire activity that will only get worse as of today.

Crews across Las Vegas are using bulldozers to create fire breaks and prevent the fire from burning any further, Bill Morse, public information officer for the National Forest of Santa Fe, said at a news briefing Sunday morning.

Peak fire season in New Mexico isn’t until June, but amid a multi-year drought in the West, wildfires are already Burn more acres in the state so far this year compared to seven of the past eight years, according to statistics from the Southwest Coordination Center.
Slightly north of the Calf Canyon Fire, Cooks Peak Fire has burned across more than 59,000 acres. And 69% were contained Sunday, according to Insioweb.

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