NM Wildfire Becomes State's Largest

Has burned more than 170,000 acres

Gila wildfire

View of Gila wildfire from Highway 180     Photo: U.S. Forest Service Gila National Forest

Fire officials announced Wednesday that a wildfire in New Mexico's Gila National Forest has burned more than 265 square miles, making it the largest wildfire in state history. Last week, lightning sparked two separate fires in the southwestern part of the state, merging into a massive blaze that burned 20,000 acres in a single day. A spokesperson for the fire crews said it remains zero percent contained. The previous record for largest wildfire was set last year when a fire near Los Alamos National Laboratory burned 245 square miles.  More than 1,000 firefighters are working to contain the blaze, which has been fanned by high winds in dry conditions.

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