The Calf Canyon and Hermit Peak fires had grown to a combined 259,810 acres in northern New Mexico by Thursday, May 12, officials said, as residents of four counties were told to “remain on high alert” for road closures or orders to evacuate.
The US Forest Service said they were expecting “extreme fire behavior and rapid growth, especially to the north,” amid unfavorable weather conditions.
“Residents of San Miguel, Mora, Taos, and Colfax counties should remain on high alert for changes to evacuation statuses and road closures,” they added.
This video posted by Dale Shahan on May 11, who said he filmed it near Las Vegas, shows flames climbing up and consuming trees. Credit: Dale Shahan via Storyful