Wildfires across northern New Mexico leave at least 15 people injured, 282 buildings damaged or destroyed

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Wildfires continue to burn across northern New Mexico, southwestern U.S., resulting in at least 15 injured people and evacuation orders for more than 25 000 people.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Hermit’s Peak and Calf Canyon wildfires in San Miguel County have injured six people, damaged or destroyed 282 buildings, and caused mandatory evacuations for about 25 570 residents.

The wildfires have burned an approximate area of 59 856 ha (147 909 acres) and are at 20% contained, as reported by the US Incident Information System (InciWeb) May 4.

In Colfax County, nine people have been injured and 230 individuals evacuated, after the Cooks Peak wildfire, which has affected about 24 021 ha (59 357 acres).

The fire danger forecast is mostly extreme on May 4 and 5 over most of New Mexico, including the areas where the wildfires are active, according to the Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS).

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Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon wildfires on May 3, 2022. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, The Watchers

References:

1 DG ECHO (InciWeb, FEMA, JRC-GWIS) – May 4, 2022

Image credit: Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon wildfires on May 3, 2022. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, The Watchers

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