09 May USA’s largest active wildfire devastates 121,000 acres in New Mexico
New Mexico has been devastated by wildfires that have taken out over 121,000 acres of land.
The fires have forced many residents to evacuate their homes as fire officials continue to battle the flames.
The blaze, dubbed the Calf Canyon fire, is burning in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near the small city of Las Vegas. Fire officials said they expect the blaze to keep growing, putting the fire on track to be one of the most destructive in the state’s recorded history.
The office of emergency management of San Miguel county, where Las Vegas is located, said: “This emerging situation remains extremely serious and refusal to evacuate could be a fatal decision.”
Fierce winds have blown embers beyond the fire, allowing it to breach containment lines set by about 1,000 firefighters backed by aircraft and bulldozers.