Taming the 2nd-largest wildfire in New Mexico history has been a 'nightmare,' firefighter says

Dit moet, New Mexico Taming the second-largest wildfire in New Mexico history has been a nightmare for crews who have been battling the blaze for more than a month, a firefighter said Thursday.

Op 'n punt, the ferocious Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire was spreading at 50 myl per uur, said Travis Regensberg, a general contractor brought in by New Mexico to help protect homes and buildings.
It’s been a nightmare,” Regensberg told CNN on Thursday. “It’s been really tough for us. I’ve been on this 17 days straight — drie, four hours of sleep a night to protect the communities here.
    The firefighters have been protecting buildings by creating perimeter rings around them and using bulldozers to cut fire lines, hy het gesê. Daarbenewens, they try to minimize harm to septic and well systems so that people havea place to come back to,” Regensberg said.
      High winds have been firefightersbiggest challenge.
        This fire is a sleeping beast. ek bedoel, I call it the devil,” hy het bygevoeg.
        The monster wildfire is a combination of two blazes raging about 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Collectively, the blazes have scorched more than 166,000 acres as of late Thursday, met 20% containment, according to the interagency reporting website Inciweb.
          It’s grown into the second-largest wildfire in the state’s history, according to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and as many as 15,000 more are in danger, officials warned.
          “Ek is 71 jaar oud. I’ve never seen it this bad, this bigI mean this was huge,” resident Barbara Kuehl told CNN.
          Barbara Kuehl and her husband David Kuehl lost electricity in their home in Holman, located north of the fire-engulfed areas, but they are grateful that their house has been spared, sy het gese.
          The sky is blue where she lives, Kuehl said, but she’s thinking of those who aren’t so lucky.
          I’m just praying for people that are in danger, or houses or structures,” sy het gese. “Friends of ours have lost everything, byna alles. … It’s really sad.
          Crews are battling five other wildfires in the state, Volgens the National Interagency Fire Center. Tot dusver vanjaar, oor 300,000 acres have been scorched in New Mexicomore than was burned in the previous two years combined, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
          President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in New Mexico in response to the wildfire devastation, which allows the state to access critical federal aid.
          Firefighters on Thursday trying to hold the Calf Canyon/Hermit Peak Fire near Las Vegas, New Mexico.

          Crews brace for windy weekend

          The winds eased Thursday and are expected to be calmer Friday, allowing for some progress in fighting the blaze, incident commander Dave Bales told CNN.
          The fire is actually laying down today (Donderdag),” Bales said.
          But officials are warning that wind will pick up again this weekendmaking firefighting even more challenging.
          Crews have made good progress holding & constructing fire lines & structure protection around the fire ahead of strong winds expected this weekend,” Grisham said in a twiet.
          Gary Zell, a US Forest Service incident meteorologist, warned that clouds and smoke combined with low humidity and wind direction will contribute toextreme burning conditionsduring the weekend through Tuesday of next week.
          Vroeër, the area had been experiencing severe fire weather, prompting 24 red flag events in the 30 dae, Bales added. Red flag alerts are issued when weather conditions are critical for wildfires to either spark or expand even larger.
            Byna 30 towns across San Miguel and Mora counties are under a full evacuation notice due to the wildfire.
            This is a long-term event, and we do not anticipate having ‘controlof this fire any time soon,” according to a statement from both counties.

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