Record-setting wildfire in New Mexico declared contained

By Susan Montoya Bryan
Associated Press in News Channel 10
August 23, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — More than four grueling months and $300 million later, the federal government has declared the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history 100% contained, a notable milestone but just another step in what local residents and officials say will be a long journey toward recovery. The blaze was sparked in the spring by two errant prescribed fires conducted by the U.S. Forest Service. More than 530 square miles of the Rocky Mountain foothills burned, hundreds of homes were destroyed, livelihoods were lost and drinking water supplies were contaminated. Local officials say there are years of work ahead of them to restore the landscape and protect against post-fire flooding. …The scar left behind by the wildfire includes some areas that were reduced to ash and others where the severity was less intense. …The U.S. Forest Service said helicopters will distribute about 138 tons (125 metric tonnes) of seed and 5,440 tons (4,935 metric tonnes) of mulch. 

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