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International News: Wildfires in New Mexico claim 2 lives; 500 homes destroyed

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2024. 2:23 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Raging wildfires in New Mexico have claimed 2 lives and destroyed about 500 homes displacing thousands and prompting emergency evacuations of about 8,000 residents.

According to Reuters, 500 homes were thought to be among the more than 1,400 buildings razed by the two blazes, making it one of the most destructive wildfires in state history.

The forest area around 135 miles southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, has suffered a string of wildfires.

On Wednesday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham requested a major disaster declaration from President Joe Biden for the South Fork and Salt fires, which have burned over 23,000 acres (9,308 hectares) to the north and south of Ruidoso.

New Mexico is caught in a decades-long drought that has made wildfires more destructive and faster moving.

 

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