Gila Wilderness

8:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Gila Wildfire Grows to Become NM's Largest in History

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire as seen from Spurgeon Mesa looking toward Bearwallow in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico.

The massive wildfire raging out of control in southwestern New Mexico is now the largest in the state’s history and is zero percent contained.  Prolonged drought and near record low humidities are complicating fire-fighting efforts.

The Whitewater Baldy Complex fire has grown to over 170-thousand acres, surpassing last year’s record breaking Las Conchas fire that caused the evacuation of the city of Los Alamos and threatened the nation’s nuclear weapons labs there.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:25 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Gila Fire on Pace to Break Record

Gila Wilderness Fire May 25, 2012
US Forest Service

A wildfire raging out of control in southwestern New Mexico grew by 30 square miles overnight Monday.  The massive blaze is on track to become the largest in the state's history.

Whipped by strong winds, the Whitewater Baldy Complex fire is expected to break the record set by last year's devastating Las Conchas wildfire that scorched 244 square miles.  It's burned at least a dozen summer cabins and is a long way from containment. 

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