Western U.S. Under Siege by Massive Wildfire in New Mexico

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Wildfires rage in West, destroying homes and forcing thousands to evacuate – CBS News

The Western U.S. is under siege again by another massive wildfire in New Mexico.  Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham made a promise for rapid resources and relief as the fire has already destroyed over 200 homes and killed at least two people.  Thousands have been displaced from areas of Ruidoso, which is anticipating hosting an annual horse race for memorial day.

The Mayor of Ruidoso, Lynn Crawford, focused on housing and feeding displaced residents and taking measures to shore up the region’s economy for the upcoming race. He said, “I know we’ll get through this,” and “it is going to be a long haul.”

Residents of Ruidoso are familiar that fire is a risk as longtime resident Kody Sparks said “earthquakes” in California, “tornados” in Oklahoma, and “fire” in Ruidoso, referencing a list of risks people face in various States.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and high winds are making it presently challenging to contain; however, burn scars from previous fires may set a natural perimeter.

Read more on this at the following additional news sources:

  1. Wildfires rage in West, destroying homes and forcing thousands to evacuate  CBS News
  2. Crews fight New Mexico fires as some evacuations lift  Yahoo News
  3. New Mexico wildfires force thousands more to evacuate  Fox News
  4. Governor laments Ruidoso’s loss  Albuquerque Journal
  5. Authorities lift some evacuation orders after a fire breaks out in New Mexico  NPR
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