Plane Drops Retardant on Combined Wildfires in New Mexico

Crews on the ground and in the sky continued to work to gain control over the combined Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon wildfire in New Mexico, which grew to 160,104 acres (250 square miles) by Wednesday, May 4.

Video taken by Per Sjostedt shows a firefighting plane dropping retardant in Las Vegas, New Mexico, on Tuesday, he said.

Officials said the fire was 20 percent contained as of Wednesday morning after aggressive aerial firefighting efforts the previous day. Credit: Per Sjostedt via Storyful

Video transcript

[WIND BLOWING]

- Here comes the DC-10 now. It's going to come in really low, I'm thinking. The fire is moving North pretty fast. Thinking that they're going to do everything they can to stop it from going back out into the wilderness. Maybe they can corral this fire.

It's a small plane and then the big one follows in right behind it. It's the guide. Holy-- this guy's low.

[AIRPLANE ENGINE OVERHEAD]

Wow.

[WIND BLOWING]

Holy--. They're dropping right on us-- the retardant. Well, that's good because I know what it can do. It can stop a lot of stuff. Thank you, my friend. Thank you.

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