Calf Canyon Fire Now Largest in New Mexico's History.
Eastern Area elevates to a PL2
Today the Calf Canyon fire became the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history. The fire was mapped this morning at 298,060 acres surpassing the Whitewater Baldy Fire which previously held the State record. The fire has spanned 45 miles long and is 27% contained. A lot of work is still needed to get the fire under control. There are currently 2,015 people working and assigned to the fire.
High winds have plagued the fire area day after day with Red Flag Fire Weather Warnings continuing to be forecast. Today a Lighting Activity Level “LAL” of 6 was issued over the fire. This is a dry lighting forecast and a clear sign that new starts are possible around the current fire area.
Also today, the Eastern Region has elevated their fire preparedness level to 2 after many new starts in the last 24 hours. New Hampshire had a few new starts most notably the Bemis Fire. The cause is unknown and it has grown to over 100 acres.
Michigan and Wisconsin State DNR’s have been warning for days that increased fire potential is rising across their States. Wisconsin has said over 120 fires have been reported in the last week. Fire managers have started to issue burn bans this week to curb any unwanted new starts.
It’s only mid May and the Fire season is running full speed. With how aggressively government bodies are warning their citizens about the extreme danger of this wildfire season, you would think more of them would support a living wage for those working to put them out.
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