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US House reps team up on bipartisan water, drought bills

Databases help groups weigh scarce water conditions → Read More

Water authority approves rate hike, budget

Utility says much of the increase is due to supply chain issues and inflation → Read More

Northern NM wildfire exceeds 300,000 acres

As national forests across northern New Mexico prepare to close to the public because of extreme fire danger, officials said Wednesday morning that the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak wildfire has grown to 301,971 acres and is 34% contained. More than 1,950 personnel are battling the largest fire in state history. Jayson Coil, an operations section chief […] → Read More

Santa Fe, Carson national forests closing to public

The Santa Fe and Carson national forests will implement forest-wide closures this week as the largest wildfire in state history continues to grow across northern New Mexico and officials warn of extreme fire danger. The Cibola National Forest and Grasslands will also close the Mt. Taylor, Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts to the public. All […] → Read More

Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak blaze surpasses 2012's Whitewater-Baldy

The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire burns northeast of Pecos on May 13. The blaze is now the largest wildfire in New Mexico history, surpassing the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal New Mexico reached a grim milestone Monday, as officials announced that the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in state… → Read More

Albuquerque issues health alert for wildfire smoke

The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Program issued a health alert on Monday afternoon because of wildfire smoke. People with respiratory conditions in the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County should limit outdoor activity. Wildfire smoke may contain particulate matter, which can aggravate the lungs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Drifting smoke can also create… → Read More

Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire now largest wildfire in state history

The teams battling the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire said Monday morning that the blaze has grown to more than 298,000 acres, making it the largest wildfire in New Mexico history. It took just 40 days for the wildfire to achieve that dubious distinction, chasing thousands of people from their homes and destroying more than 580 […] → Read More

More wildfire resources sought

Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire crews to split into north, south strategy → Read More

'Flames ... like a monster'

Clayton Quintana helped take care of his surrounding neighbors’ livestock as flames spread near his family’s ranch and the surrounding area off N.M. 94 near Manuelitas in northern New Mexico. Quintana’s family ranch survived the blaze. Firefighters continue to battle the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire that has grown to grown to 259,810 acres. (Chancey Bush/Albuquerque Journal) Editor’s note:… → Read More

Wildfire evacuations spread to Colfax County

The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire is seen from the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial near Angel Fire Wednesday. Mandatory evacuations spread into southern Colfax County as the fire grows to more than 236,000 acres. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal For weeks, Angel Fire Mayor Jo Mixon has kept an eye on the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire – paying attention to extreme… → Read More

Northern NM residents are returning to homes reduced to ashes

Even as some residents are now able to return to their properties, new evacuations have spread into Taos County → Read More

Northern NM wildfire surpasses 200,000 acres

The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak wildfire in northern New Mexico has now surpassed 200,000 acres. More than 1,750 firefighters are assigned to the blaze as of Tuesday morning. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that residents in mandatory evacuation areas who choose not to leave are “rolling the dice” during days of high-risk fire weather. “These fires […] → Read More

Wildfire evacuations drag on for northern NM residents

William Sandoval and his dogs Copper and Marissa, sit at the evacuation center set up at Peñasco High School on Monday. Sandoval and his dogs were forced to leave their home in Chacon. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal TAOS – For weeks, Andi Garcia chose to stay at her Guadalupita home to feed sheep, chickens, rabbits and dogs, despite evacuation orders and… → Read More

Rio Grande states brace for a difficult summer

The Rio Grande crosses a dam in San Acacia. The three states that share the river met on Friday to discuss water and wildlife projects. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal As water managers brace for what could be another challenging summer on the Rio Grande, the states that share the river met Friday to review water and wildlife projects. Colorado, New… → Read More

Behind the fire lines: Crews brace for monster 5-day wind event

Nearly 1,300 people are working directly on the fire in San Miguel, Mora counties → Read More

Residents reflect on 'sacred' land as Biden OKs disaster declaration

Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire grows to more than 160,000 acres, making it second largest in NM history → Read More

Gov. seeking federal disaster declaration for wildfires burning in NM

As massive wildfires have forced 7,000 homes to evacuate, New Mexico is poised to become the first state to ever receive a Presidential Disaster Declaration while the emergency is still ongoing. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the request in a Tuesday briefing and said she expects the White House to approve the declaration […] → Read More

Fire grows by 34K acres, but crews keep it at bay

Nation's biggest wildfire has burned more than 138,000 acres and is just 20% contained → Read More

Las Vegas asks residents to save water during wildfire

The Bradner Reservoir is pictured just west of Las Vegas on April 14. The reservoir, which stores Gallinas River water for the city, is now in an evacuated area because of the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal As a massive wildfire moves closer to Las Vegas, the city is working to protect and conserve its water supply. Las Vegas… → Read More

NM Behavioral Health Institute evacuated as fire moves toward Las Vegas

The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute evacuated all 197 patients on Monday morning as the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire raged toward Las Vegas. The National Guard began helping the state-operated psychiatric hospital evacuate patients around 1 a.m. Some patients will be moved to the State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences and the Fort Bayard […] → Read More