New Mexico wildfire can brings Heavy winds over the weekend

New Mexico wildfire can brings Heavy winds over the weekend. 

New Mexico wildfire: On Friday, firefighters in New Mexico braced for a storm that would bring strong winds, near-record high temperatures, and low humidity. 

Therefore, it might stoke a fire that has forced thousands of people from their homes in the mountains and canyons near Santa Fe.

Starting Saturday, persistent gale-force winds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) were expected to sweep across the northern New Mexico wildfire zone, accompanied by temperatures in the 90s and single-digit humidity levels, according to forecasts.

Extreme winds, which are projected to last through early next week, are expected to expedite the spread of the Hermit Peak/Calf Canyon wildfire, which had burnt more than 168,000 acres (67,987 hectares) as of Friday, according to US Forest Service authorities.

Since April 6, at least 165 homes have been destroyed since the fire broke out, yet no reported deaths.

According to Michael De Fries, a spokesperson for the incident management team, more than 12,775 residences in Mora and San Miguel counties, two of the hardest damaged by the fire, were under evacuation orders on Friday.

Officials have told residents of another 3,000 homes to be ready to evacuate.

San Miguel County Sheriff Chris Lopez advised citizens to follow evacuation orders as the fire threat grew.

During a news conference on Friday evening, he remarked, “I’m reiterating to you now that it’s time to go.”

Officials claimed earlier this week that up to 60% of Mora County residents in evacuation zones were staying there to help protect properties their families have owned for generations, even though some were running out of food and water.

Authorities say the risks are high, especially for firemen.

“No human can outrun a fire that will travel as quickly as this fire will move in the next couple of days,” Todd Abel, a battalion chief with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, said at the evening briefing.

According to Abel, fire officials have boosted their reaction by deploying extra ground troops and heavy equipment to give “point protection” to susceptible homes if flames advance north near clusters of settlements.

He predicted that the deteriorating weather would create “some of the most difficult firefighting situations I’ve ever seen.”

On Friday morning, the fire in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains northeast of Santa Fe, which had already charred an area almost half the size of New York City, was 20% contained as it raged through drought-parched vegetation near numerous centuries-old farming and ranching villages.

In difficult-to-reach locations, steep terrain with dense stands of dried lumber, enormous numbers of dead and dying trees, and heavy undergrowth generated potentially explosive fuel beds.

De Fries said the approximately 1,400-strong firefighting brigade was hurrying ahead of the severe winds to “build stronger, deeper” buffer lines by clearing unburned vegetation surrounding vulnerable settlements.

The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire was the largest and most destructive of 11 significant active fires throughout the country reported by the National Interagency Fire Center on Friday, six in New Mexico. The five others combined covered roughly 93,000 acres.

The fire comprises two fires that started two weeks apart and ultimately merged into one, the first of which was started by an uncontrolled prescribed burn. Officials said the reason for the second incident is still being investigated.

According to the Idaho-based fire agency, the United States’ wildfire season has gotten off to an incredibly early start this year, with nearly 23,000 fires of various sizes burning more than 1.27 million acres to date, compared to 19,000 fires that had charred 530,000 acres by the same point in 2021.

According to scientists, the persistent dryness and abnormally warm weather fueled increasingly intense and destructive wildfire behavior across the Western United States is a symptom of climate change.