New Mexico Wildfire

May 17, 2022
Flames of fire against a black background.

This is unprecedented.

Firefighter Hugh Vallely, incident team liaison officer, on the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire — the largest in New Mexico history.

Why It Matters: This historic blaze in New Mexico, which began earlier than what is expected to be "fire season," raises concern about the year ahead — not only for that state but also for potential fire conditions nationwide. A new report just released this week says 1 in 6 Americans live at risk of wildfires and that number is expected to grow.

Timeline: The making of a massive wildfire (Santa Fe New Mexican)
New Mexico Fire Now State's Largest Ever, Resort Evacuated: What You Need to Know (CNET)
Pecos residents keep wary eye on fire as growth continues Monday (Santa Fe New Mexican)

by Jenna Lee,