future now: Record-setting NM fire expected to burn for weeks
RESERVE, N.M.---A smoky haze hangs over the rugged canyons and
tree-covered expanses of southwestern New Mexico as the largest wildfire
in the state's recorded history marches across more of the Gila Wilderness.
The virtually unchecked wildfire is fueling experts' predictions that
this is a preview of things to come as states across the West contend
with a dangerous recipe of wind, low humidity and tinder-dry fuels.
The Whitewater-Baldy blaze has charred more than 190,000 acres, or
nearly 300 square miles, in Gila National Forest and has become the
largest wildfire burning in the country....
Agencies in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona are bracing for the worst.
Many counties have established emergency telephone and email
notification systems to warn of wildfires, and most states have enlisted
crews from other jurisdictions to be ready when the big ones come....
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