The largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history has been found in a planned fire set by the US Forest Service.
The agency said Friday that one of the two fires, the Calf Canyon Fire, had been burning since January with a pile of burn holdovers that had been dormant under the surface before re-emerging in April.
“Holdover fire, also called sleeper fire, is a fire that stays dormant for a long time,” the Santa Fe National Forest said in a statement.
The Hermits merged into Peak Fire on April 22 due to a gust of wind, and the fire re-ignited on April 19 and escaped the Line of Control.
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Hermits peak fire escapes were caused by scheduled burns.
On May 20, Forest Service chief Randy Moore announced a 90-day moratorium on prescribed forest fires.
Now, the Forest Service says 48% of the fire, spread over 314,228 acres, has been brought under control.
Nearly 3,000 workers are working to put out the blaze, as the fire’s weather has once again threatened efforts.
In a statement, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said the harassment and suffering caused to the people of New Mexico by the Forest Service is “unimaginable.”
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“This is the first step the federal government has taken to take full responsibility for the biggest flood in the history of the state, which has destroyed hundreds of homes, displaced thousands of New Mexicans and cost state and local governments millions of dollars. I applaud the United States. The Forest Service is taking responsibility for the federal actions that caused the crisis, “she wrote.
“It is clear that the federal government needs to seriously consider their fire management practices and ensure that they are responsible for the rapidly changing climate. The temperature rises, “Luzon said.
The cost of firefighting in the state is over $ 132 million and increases by about $ 5 million per day. The forest service will pay the bill.
The red flag status will begin in New Mexico on Saturday and was expected to continue early next week.
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According to the National Inter-Agency Fire Center, 27,061 fires have destroyed 1,804,986 acres of land this year.
Western forest fires Throughout the year, there has been a threat, and scientists and firefighters say they are burning faster than ever before because of climate change.