Wildfires Rage Across the Southwestern US
Several major wildfires are raging across the Southwestern United States, after consuming dozens of homes and forcing evacuations.
Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a blaze burning in the sparsely populated and wooded community of Timberon, New Mexico.
That wildfire, which officials said was in the “mop-up stage” and had charred roughly 270 acres, destroyed 44 homes and damaged or demolished an additional 24 structures since it was sparked Wednesday, according to fire information website InciWeb (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/)
Investigators have not yet determined what caused the blaze.
Firefighters to the north in Colorado were facing a Red Flag warning of low humidity and wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour as they struggled to contain the 16,200 acre Hayden Pass Fire.
Fire team spokesman Jose Acosta said residents of about 140 homes were forced to flee the flames in Fremont County, which is about 65 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.
As Saturday, fire personnel had carved out containment lines around only 5% of the blaze and Acosta said it could take until 1 October for the wildfire to be fully contained.
To the southwest, in Arizona, firefighters aimed to keep the 3,700-acre Fuller Fire from reaching a highway that serves as a crucial artery in and out of the Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim.
Low humidity and strong winds also plagued the 430 fire personnel battling that blaze, which broke out after a lightning strike on June 29, according to InciWeb.
Firefighters this weekend are focused on keeping the flames to the east of State Route Highway 67, InciWeb said.
Always take extreme care when traveling and camping it the wilderness this Summer, lives and property depend on it.
Have a terrific week.