Sunday, June 2, 2013

NIFC Keeping Watch on Early Season Wildfires

Posted By on Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Boise's National Interagency Fire Center reminds us that there have already been nearly 18,000 wildfires in 2013, and it's only early June.

While that number is lower than the 10-year average of 29,748 for the same six-month period, NIFC continues to dispatch crews from throughout the West to the latest fires, wreaking havoc in California, Colorado and New Mexico.

An uncontained blaze near Santa Fe, N.M., had spread to nearly 10 square miles by Saturday night, making it the largest wildfire currently burning in the West, holding a blanket of haze over Santa Fe. The fire in Santa Fe National Forest is burning just 25 miles from the city limits. Another New Mexico blaze, the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs, grew to nearly two square miles by Saturday night.

Elsewhere in the West, fire crews battled a fire in the Los Angeles National Forest. Winds have fanned that blaze to nearly 9 miles.

In Colorado, a spokesman for the Rio Grande National Forest reported a fire 15 miles southwest of the town of Creede.

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