Wildfires rage in 6 states across the U.S.

May 27, 2012NEW MEXICOCrews battled to contain a massive New Mexico wildfire on Friday that has torched a dozen homes, the largest of several blazes that have consumed more than 200 square miles (520 square km) of rugged land in half-a-dozen U.S. states in recent days. Wildfires in sparsely-populated stretches of Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and California have forced the evacuation of several small towns and torched miles of forest, brush and grass since mid-month. The fires have taken hold in tinder-dry late-spring conditions in mostly remote tracts of the United States, and have been fanned by gusting winds of up to 50 mph. The fire in New Mexico burned early Saturday through remote and rugged terrain around the Gila Wilderness and has grown to 85,000 acres (34,400 hectares) or more than 130 square miles (338 square kilometers). The heavy smoke apparently disoriented six hikers Friday, prompting the New Mexico National Guard to carry out a rescue. Col. Michael Montoya said one of the hikers had an injured knee and had to be taken to safety by ambulance. The others were able to walk to a secure area. More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze that resulted from the merger earlier this week of two lightning-sparked fires.  –Daily Mail
contribution Yamkin
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4 Responses to Wildfires rage in 6 states across the U.S.

  1. isis2012 says:

    Here we go again

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  2. Patty says:

    Alvin, can you post a map of these fires? Here in Colorado the whole western slope of the Rockies running north and south has been ravaged in the past 30 years by the Japanese pine beetle. Hundreds of miles of dead trees are standing waiting for the natural event of fire to bring the regeneration of these areas. We’ve got some decently high winds here on the eastern slope tonight…..the current state of the forest in Colorado is a disaster and it may just be that this 2012 year of disasters will be the year of Colorado’s fire….Wait! is that smoke I’m smelling?

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  3. suz says:

    I hate the fact that animals/people suffer in from these fires. Wildlife suffers because much of their food source is destroyed. People loose their homes. There is a good side to it though so in the grand tradition of dualist thinking something is always born of excess…..

    -It’s a natural cycle helps maintain a balance in the forest.
    – Excessive amounts of dead vegetation is reduced which keeps the ecosystem in balance by exposing mineral soil, which many plants (including giant sequoias) need for reproductive success.
    -Opens up the forest so that sunlight can reach the ground, which many small plants need for reproductive success.
    -Recycles nutrients into the soil.
    – Helps control diseases and insects in both soil and plants.

    In biology I remember about this mountain range that had regular forest fires and there were these lizards that were only found in the dry areas between forests. As soon as humans got involved and put out the fires, the forests grew into the dry areas and slowly the lizards lost their natural habitat.

    “Our heaven is their hell, said God. I like a balanced universe.”
    ― Margaret Atwood, The Tent

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  4. elijahsmom3 says:

    Colorado wildfire destroys buildings, prompts evacuations:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47754113/ns/weather/

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