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Strong Winds Fuel New Mexico Wildfires, Prompt Evacuations | New Mexico News

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Robust spring winds fueled wildfires burning round New Mexico on Monday, prompting evacuations south of Albuquerque the place authorities mentioned some constructions have burned and extra are threatened.

About 100 firefighters have been battling the newest blaze, which was burning uncontrolled and despatched up a big plume of smoke that might be seen for miles within the Rio Grande Valley.

Valencia County officers referred to as for evacuations within the space and directed residents to a shelter at a group heart in rural Belen, simply south of Albuquerque.

They reported an unknown variety of constructions have been misplaced, but it surely wasn’t instantly clear what number of have been properties, barns or different outbuildings. KOAT-TV broadcast aerial footage that confirmed not less than one residence burning close to Rio Communities.

Climate forecasters have warned of excessive fireplace hazard statewide state resulting from gusty winds, dry situations and low humidity ranges.

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In northern New Mexico close to the group of Las Vegas, crews additionally have been grappling with the wind as they labored to corral a prescribed fireplace that had jumped its containment strains final week and prompted voluntary evacuations.

A bigger inter-agency workforce with greater than 170 firefighters assumed command of that fireplace on Monday. It is estimated to have burned greater than a sq. mile (2.5 sq. kilometers).

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