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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

“Like a Hell:” the US West is burning at furious pace so far

Laguna Niguel, Calif. — Wildfires are on a raging pace earlier this year — from the top of a California hill where a months-old monster blast engulfed New Mexico mountains with millions of dollars worth of Pacific Ocean views on fire was given.

The two places couldn’t be much different, but have similar elements: Wind-driven flames have ripped through vegetation that is exceptionally dry from years of drought caused by climate change.

As northern New Mexico wildfires chewed through more dense forest on Thursday, firefighters in the coastal community of Laguna Niguel doused the charred and smoldering remains of 20 large homes, which quickly engulfed the flames and forced a frantic evacuation.

“The sky, everything was orange. It seemed like a hell, so we just jumped in the car,” said Sasan Darian, as he ran with his daughter and father while embers swirled around them. “My daughter said, ‘We are on fire.’ There were sparks on it and we were patting ourselves.”

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, more than 2,000 square miles (5,180 square kilometers) have burned across the country so far this year – the most at this point since 2018. Forecasts for the rest of the spring do not bode well for the West, with climate change leading to drought and warmer climates increasing the risk of wildfires.

“We all know it’s really early on for our fire season and we’ve all experienced that already … at this point,” said Dave Belles, commander of the New Mexico fires, the largest fire in the US. There is a burning fire.

Fire officials said they could not do much in recent days to stop the raging flames burning in the dry forests of the Sangre de Cristo range.

Filled with tall mountains covered with ponderosa pine and other trees, dried up by moisture over the decades, it has now burned over 405 square miles (1,048 square kilometers) – an area larger than the city of Dallas, Texas.

Crews fighting the flames on the mountain fronts between Santa Fe and Taos thanked mostly on Thursday for welcoming help from the airstrikes. But chief of fire operations Todd Abel said that in some places where the wind was blowing over the ridgetops, it was “almost like putting a hairdryer on it.”

Brian Fennessy, the chief of the Orange County Fire Authority, said that even small fires that were once easily contained are extreme threats to life and property due to climate change.

The perfect example of this came on Wednesday afternoon when flames from electrical equipment were pushed into the valley by strong sea winds and large houses caught fire. They burned a relatively small area – about 200 acres (81 ha) – but left a great deal of destruction.

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