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Strong winds continue to fuel New Mexico wildfires


Mr. Schwope also urged residents to be on alert for further evacuation announcements, and on Sunday afternoon residents of two areas in Mora County were told to leave immediately. Mr Johnson said around 6,000 people from 32 communities near the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire, some in rural mountain areas, had already been ordered to leave.

Monica Aragon left her home in Ledoux, a small community northeast of Santa Fe, on April 22 and returned only once. She and her two children live with her parents in Chimayo, about 60 miles from her home.

On Friday, she said, she received a call from a volunteer firefighter describing the situation. He said he didn’t want her to panic, but that the fire had reached the road in front of his house. Firefighters were “getting it away from your house, she recalled.

Due to the continuing danger, county officials were unable to provide a full account of the number of destroyed or damaged structures. But San Miguel County Executive Joy Ansley said before the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire spread Friday, it had destroyed 200 structures.

Roger Montoya, a New Mexico state representative whose district includes three counties currently affected by fires, spent time last week with a team delivering food and other supplies to residents who weren’t not gone yet. Some were without power, he said.

“There is a reluctance among individuals to leave their homes,” he said.

Samuel Coca, general manager of a bar at the Castañeda Hotel in Las Vegas, NM, said he had three vehicles full of personal effects in case he and his family needed to leave.

As the blaze intensified on Friday, alongside the number of people leaving their homes, his bar began offering free buffet dinners to firefighters and evacuees. Many people left the house with the clothes they were wearing and not much else, he added.