NM Wildfire Becomes State's Largest
Has burned more than 170,000 acres
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.
Read more at the Associated Press
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.
Contribute to Outside →