New Mexico wildfire spreading north toward mountain resort towns near Taos

5/11/2022 8:47:00 PM

New Mexico wildfire spreading north toward mountain resort towns near Taos

New Mexico wildfire spreading north toward mountain resort towns near Taos

Two more days of high winds and very dry conditions expected as fire warnings issued across much of the western US

Wed 11 May 2022 18.Read more Seven journalists were killed in the whole of last year, compared to 11 in the first five months of 2022.Read more Seven journalists were killed in the whole of last year, compared to 11 in the first five months of 2022.Your browser does not support the element.

36 BST First published on Wed 11 May 2022 14.28 BST A raging New Mexico wildfire was headed toward a ski resort and the 1,000-year-old community of Taos on Wednesday as howling winds continue to push the erratic flames forward.Tijuana, which sits on the US border near San Diego, has suffered most this year, with two prominent journalists murdered outside their homes there since January: the photojournalist Margarito Martínez Esquivel and the television reporter Lourdes Maldonado.Officials have issued warnings for more people to prepare to evacuate as the fast-moving fire picks up momentum.The government has blamed both killings on people linked to the Arellano-Félix crime cartel – but many are skeptical.As people fled, flames raced through parched forests and firefighters tried to protect homes from a blaze that has burned a 45-mile-long path up the Sangre de Cristo mountains in just over a month.“Tijuana’s got a pretty long history of grabbing someone who may have had the gun in their hand, but not touching the person who was actually responsible,” Michael Lettieri, a San Diego-based researcher and human rights activist told the San Diego Union-Tribune this week.Families in Taos Canyon and the Angel Fire ski resort crammed belongings into cars and trailers after they were told to be ready to go.Ms Hutson promises a more humane approach to the incarcerated.

“There is a possibility with the models that we’re running, that those areas are going to see fire,” Todd Abel, a battalion chief with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, told a briefing.” “When a journalist is murdered, it’s not just the family that loses their loved one … society loses too,” added Navarro Bello, whose publication has not put a reporter’s name on an investigative story since 2006 for fear of them being shot dead.” “When a journalist is murdered, it’s not just the family that loses their loved one … society loses too,” added Navarro Bello, whose publication has not put a reporter’s name on an investigative story since 2006 for fear of them being shot dead.New Mexico’s governor said on Tuesday the risk of more destruction is high and that the long-term costs of recovering from the huge blaze, currently the largest burning in the country, will soar.Two more days of strong winds and dangerously bone-dry conditions are in the forecast before some relief is expected on Friday.” The attorney general’s office in Veraruz state, where Cosoleacaque is located, insisted Monday’s murders would not go unpunished.Crews were most concerned on Tuesday night about risk of the huge fire east of Santa Fe spread farther north toward rural towns and mountain resort communities closer to Taos – about 20 miles (32km) from its current northern edge.“All lines of inquiry will be pursued, including any connection to their journalistic activities,” it on Twitter.The wildfire in New Mexico has been fanned by strong winds, hindering firefighting efforts.However, campaigners say there is impunity in 90% of such crimes and see little sign of change.Hurricane Katrina that year brought nightmarish reports of inmates waist-deep in flood water.

Photograph: Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal/Zuma/Rex/Shutterstock The main highway north from Holman to Taos was closed and additional communities were placed on alert for potential evacuations.“It is very active.Topics.Topics.This is a big push, a lot of energy right now,” fire spokesperson Todd Abel warned on Tuesday night.Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said during a briefing earlier on Tuesday that she had not received any reports in recent days of widespread damage to homes amid the latest round of fierce winds that fanned the blaze and created challenges for firefighting crews.Crews have been trying to direct flames around houses in numerous small villages on the northern and southern ends of the fire – bulldozing firebreaks, putting up sprinklers, clearing trees and raking pine needles.The jail, though it now has just under 1,000 inmates, remains dangerous.

A force of nearly 1,800 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the blaze, including specially trained teams.The cost of fighting the blaze and another smaller fire burning near Los Alamos National Laboratory has topped $65m.The cost is expected to grow with wind predicted through Wednesday, and Lujan Grisham said the cost to reconstruct houses, prevent post-fire flooding and restore the forest charred by the larger fire after it is out will probably reach billions of dollars.“When you think about rebuilding communities, it is not an overnight process,” Lujan Grisham said.“So we should be thinking in terms of significant resources and those resources in my view should largely be borne by the federal government given the situation.More than 90 murders have been recorded in New Orleans this year, the worst four-month stretch to start a year since 2005.

” The wildfire has burned about 300 structures, including houses, since it started last month.Some areas remain under evacuation orders, but authorities on Monday started letting some residents on the fire’s eastern flank return home.A federal disaster already has been declared due to the blaze, which is partly the result of a preventive fire set in early April that escaped containment.The flames merged with a separate fire a couple of weeks later, and as of Wednesday the jagged perimeter stretched more than 370 sq miles (236,939 acres).Structure protection was focused on Tuesday night around Mora and Holman, where Highway 518 north to Taos was closed.Her campaign stressed improving medical services for prisoners, including mental health.

Authorities stressed there was no immediate threat to communities around Taos but new alerts about possible evacuations stretched as far north as the Angel Fire ski resort east of Taos.“Coming up toward Taos, Black Lake, Angel Fire, there is the possibility with the models we are running that those areas are going to see fire,” Abel, an operations chief on the fire in the Santa Fe national forest, said at a briefing on Tuesday evening.A burned home in Sapello, New Mexico.Photograph: Luis Sanchez Saturno/AP The governor said she would challenge anyone who didn’t believe the federal government should accept significant liability.“It’s negligent to consider a prescribed burn in the windy season in a state that is under an extreme drought warning,” she said.So after the festivities, she will have her hands full.

Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation and others have called for an investigation.While forest officials have yet to release planning documents related to the prescribed fire, they have said forecasted weather conditions were within parameters for the project.Meanwhile, the smaller blaze burning in the Jemez Mountains prompted officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where nuclear research is conducted, and the nearby town of Los Alamos to prepare for evacuations as a precaution.Nearly 900 people were fighting that fire, with its price tag nearing $16m on Tuesday.Towering columns of smoke from both fires could be seen from miles away as the winds picked up on Tuesday afternoon.

Wind and low humidity levels continue to be big wildfire threats around the west as the National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for extreme fire danger in much of New Mexico and parts of Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Texas.Forecasters said New Mexico is outpacing most other recent years for the number of red flag days in April and so far this month.Crews also were battling smaller fires elsewhere in New Mexico and Arizona.Topics.

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