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Saturday, May 28, 2022

New Mexico governor asks for more US aid to tackle wildfires

SANTA FE, NM ( Associated Press) — New Mexico’s governor is seeking additional federal aid to respond to wildfires burning through the state’s north, which have the second largest in the state’s history and officials estimate hundreds houses have been destroyed.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a letter to President Joe Biden on Friday that New Mexico needs more aid than is provided under the president’s recent disaster declaration.

The required response, including immediate funding to remove the debris and “a full range of emergency protective measures”, exceeds the state’s capabilities and the federal government must bear 100% of the cost as part of the fire is ignited by wind-blown embers. it was done. A scheduled burn on the Santa Fe National Forest, the governor said.

That fire has since merged with another fire and has grown to 437 square miles (1,133 square kilometers). A 5-week-old United fire threatened the small New Mexico town of Las Vegas before being stopped outside the city over the past week. Fire crews continue to work to control fires from many rural communities.

Weather conditions still included inexplicable high temperatures and low humidity, officials said Saturday, but that low smoke allowed firefighters to take to the skies for a second day in a row to fight the fires.

Wildfires have raged this spring in several states in the western US, including California, Colorado and Arizona. 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.

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.

Taylor County Sheriff’s Office officials said Saturday morning that the fire, burning southwest of Colorado Springs, expanded to 1.5 square miles (3.8 square kilometers) overnight and is 10% contained.

The fire, now known as the High Park Fire, broke out on Thursday near the former mining town of Cripple Creek. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

As of Thursday evening, at least 120 people from 40 residences have evacuated the area, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.

Officials say the fire could grow further as gusts of wind are expected to reach 35 mph (56 kph). The winds are expected to subside around 2 pm, which may aid in the efforts to douse the fire.

In New Mexico, the largest wildfires have a 500-mile (805-kilometre) circumference, which is longer than the distance between San Francisco and San Diego, and involved only 27%. Another fire to the west near Los Alamos burned 71 square miles (184 square kilometers) and contained 23%.

About 3,000 firefighters and other personnel are both dousing the blaze.

Fire officials said the biggest fire destroyed at least 473 structures, including homes and other buildings. Lujan Grisham’s office on Friday provided an updated estimate that 262 homes had been destroyed, but stressed that officials had been unable to safely enter several burned areas to assess damage.

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