Mass evacuation in Las Vegas seems inevitable as New Mexico wildfire grew to 145,000 acres
As wind speed increases, the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires already forced Las Vegas officials to begin evacuations at the western fringe of the city. Low humidity and approaching storm system will only increase wind speeds, resulting in rapid spread of wildfires, that could require mass evacuations.
Local officials issued an air quality alert for north-central New Mexico. Residents should expect hazy and smoky skies with reduced visibility and poor air quality. In most cases if it is smoky outside, people should minimize outdoor activity.
Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires had grown to about 120,000 acres over tha last weekend, and on the track to become one of the largest and most destructive in New Mexico history. More than 1,000 firefighters trying to protect property and contain the blaze.
In case of mass evacuations, police will begin knocking on doors and directing residents to the safe areas, trying to avoid panic. Officials saying to prepare supply kits, pets, documents, phone, charger, prescriptions, and to leave as soon as evacuation is recommended.
Interactive map of evacuation areas available via the link.
New data indicate Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires grew to 145,854 acres overnight, increasing by over 25,000 acres during Monday.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced in Twitter an update on wildfires burning across New Mexico today at 12:45 PM. Livestream will be available on Facebook.