At least 165 homes were burned in the wildfire. (Photo: AP)
U.S. weather forecasters have warned that gusts of up to 60 mph (96 km/h) will follow this weekend, sending clouds of Forest fires in the Northeast region of the state New Mexicowhich has burned more than 262 square miles in recent weeks, continues to spread.
At least 165 homes have been engulfed in flames since the blaze broke out, while thousands of residents have had to evacuate.
Local authorities are trying to contain the wildfire by clearing vegetation and digging fire belts, thereby preventing the fire from spreading to Las Vegas.
This wildfire has spread out of control, combined with another wildfire, making it one of the largest wildfires in the US.
The fire has consumed large swaths of the northeastern state of New Mexico. (Photo: Sky News)
Prolonged drought combined with rising temperatures caused by climate change has exacerbated the threat of wildfires. But the jungle in southern New Mexico, the states of Arizona and Colorado has also seen destructive wildfires.
Incident Commander Dave Bales said firefighters were dealing with a blaze that is currently raging in northeastern New Mexico as the winds blow stronger and stronger, and the current weather pattern could persist into the future. 5 days or so. Mr. Bales also warned that the fire could spread up to 1 mile (nearly 2 km).
“This is an unprecedentedly strong wind,” Mr Bales said.
Another large wildfire is also raging in New Mexico, within 5 miles (8 km) of Los Alamos National Laboratory, America’s premier nuclear weapons research facility.
Firefighters struggled to control the forest fire. (Photo: Sky News)
State emergency responders burned vegetation here to reduce the intensity of the fire.
At the lab, water trucks, helicopters and heavy equipment are already in position and firefighters will patrol the perimeter if the flames come closer.
Several nuclear watchdog groups and environmentalists have raised concerns about the nuclear waste containers at the site.
However, lab officials insist that radioactive and other potentially hazardous materials are stored in containers designed and tested to withstand harsh environments, including heat from fire. .
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