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New Mexico fire slowed due to mountain rain and snow


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The largest fire in the United States was slowed down on Tuesday due to the impacts of light rain and the mountain spectacle.

Some evacuation orders, including for the communities of Golondrinas, Watrous and Fort Union, were downgraded on Wednesday.

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The Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fires were reported at a 42% containment level.

Nearly 3,000 people were working to battle the 311,148-acre blaze.

The Entiat Hot Shots are working the K Division of the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires in New Mexico at night.
(Joseph Koffel, US Forest Service)

The US Forest Service said residents of San Miguel, Mora, Taos, Colfax and Santa Fe counties should remain on high alert for changes in evacuation statuses and road closures.

Elsewhere in New Mexico, a wildfire near Los Alamos National Laboratory was 85% contained and a blaze was burning in parts of the Gila National Forest and outlying areas.

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Firefighters said they hoped to continue working to clear flammable vegetation and deploy planes before the weather worsens.

The National Interagency Fire Center says nine large active fires have burned 570,817 acres in five states, with New Mexico seeing the most wildfire activity.

Another large fire has been reported in Arizona.

“So far in 2022, 26,684 wildfires have burned 1,780,488 acres in the United States. That’s well above the 10-year average of 20,305 wildfires and 838,935 acres burned,” a- he declared.

Wildfires in the West have become a year-round threat.

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Scientists and fire experts say they are moving faster and burning more than ever due to climate change.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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