New Mexico – The wildfire that abruptly started has now severed into a severe one as it continues to burn and has charred up to 12000 acres up till now.
The wildfire has taken the lives of two and has charred more than 200 homes up till now.
The fire started in the northeast of White Sands National Park which is located in the south of Albuquerque.
A press release from the New Mexico fire information site stated, “the fire started ½ a mile north of Three Rivers Campground and has spread almost to Ski Apache and into the South Fork Bonito area.”
The fire “is being driven by steep terrain and extreme fire weather conditions, including gusty winds and low humidity levels around 8 percent.”
The government opened up three evacuation centers for the fleeing population as evacuation notices were issued for the residents of the Bonito Canyon area, Nogal Canyon area, Church, Tanbark, Ranchman’s camp, Cora Dutton, Loma Grande, Ski Apache, and Magado.
“Strong winds remain with critical fire weather conditions across eastern NM Tuesday,” the agency said.
According to a report, up till now, more than 5000 people have evacuated in the mountainous region of Ruidoso. The 2 deceased were also found in the same area near a burnt home while trying to flee.
The New Mexico state police have confirmed that two people have died because of the wildfire which started this Tuesday because of a downed power line.
The incident commander Dave Bales stated that they are trying to attack whenever they can as the winds are expected to start picking up again by Friday which will worsen the weather conditions.
“We’re trying to keep this fire as small as possible, especially because it’s right in the community,” he said. “We’ve had a loss of a lot of structures so our crews are right there on the firefront going as direct as possible”
The fire started to move towards a densely populated area by Wednesday afternoon creating panic in the residents, compelling them to evacuate their homes. Thousands of customers were forced to remain without power as the wildfire continues to spread in densely populated areas creating difficulties for firefighters