Wildfires Lead To Evacuations Of Thousands In New Mexico, US
- Emergency vehicles are seen through hazy smoke from the the nearby Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon wildfires wildfires in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Two wildfires in New Mexico in southwestern United States led to the evacuation of thousands of people after a large part of the state was threatened as a result of the fires.
The combined blaze had burned more than 145,000 acres by early Tuesday and is just 20 percent contained, the CNN said, adding that more than 1,000 fire personnel have been called in to battle the flames.
Local officials said that the fire’s rapid spread prompted evacuation orders Friday near San Miguel County.
About 3,500 people had been evacuated in and around the city of Las Vegas as of Monday evening because of the fire threat, according to San Miguel County Manager Joy Ansley, who added that 270 structures had been visibly damaged or destroyed, including 166 homes.
The fire called Calf Canyon is the largest active wildfire in the United States and the most destructive of 12 fires in the Southwest.
Meteorologists issued a red alert, indicating that fires can start and spread easily in the area where winds are expected to reach about 80 kilometers per hour and humidity is as low as five percent.
Fire burning since April. 6 destroyed hundreds of properties and led to the evacuation of dozens of residential communities in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, but it has not resulted in any deaths so far.
Source – QNA