New Mexico wildfire: Huge blaze could worsen this weekend


“Historic” and “extreme” weather conditions could fan a wildfire in New Mexico which is already the second biggest ever seen in the US state. The so-called Hermits Peak Fire has been burning for more than a month and has torn through an area larger than the city of Chicago. Many families have been left homeless and thousands have been evacuated. Winds, near-record high temperatures and dry conditions are now expected to stoke the blaze further. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque tweeted that its forecasters are “using exceedingly rare language” in its warning for a “long duration and extreme fire weather event”. State Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham called on people in mandatory evacuation areas to leave immediately.(BBC)…[+]