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

Mora, 新墨西哥 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.

在一个点上, the ferocious Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire was spreading at 50 英里每小时, 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 — 三, 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, 他说. 另外, 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. 我的意思是, I call it the devil,” 他加了.
        The monster wildfire is a combination of two blazes raging about 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, 新墨西哥. Collectively, the blazes have scorched more than 166,000 acres as of late Thursday, 与 20% 遏制, according to the interagency reporting website Inciweb.
          It’s grown into the second-largest wildfire in the state’s history, 根据政府. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and as many as 15,000 more are in danger, officials warned.
          “我是 71 岁. 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, 她说.
          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,” 她说. “Friends of ours have lost everything, nearly everything. … It’s really sad.
          Crews are battling five other wildfires in the state, 根据 the National Interagency Fire Center. 今年到目前为止, 关于 300,000 acres have been scorched in New Mexicomore than was burned in the previous two years combined, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
          总统拜登 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, 新墨西哥.

          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 (星期四),” 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 鸣叫.
          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.
          较早, the area had been experiencing severe fire weather, prompting 24 red flag events in the 30 天, Bales added. Red flag alerts are issued when weather conditions are critical for wildfires to either spark or expand even larger.
            几乎 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.