Record-setting NM fire spreading in all directions

5:38 AM, Jun 1, 2012   |    comments
Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire northeast of Bearwallow in Gilla National Forest, New Mexico
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RESERVE, N.M. -- More the 1,200 firefighters in New Mexico are battling a massive wildfire that's grown to more than 300 square miles in two weeks and destroyed 20 cabins and outbuildings.

The blaze in Gila National Forest already was the largest wildfire in state history when it spread in all directions Thursday, racing across steep hills and rugged canyons. Many spots are inaccessible to firefighters.

And experts say it's a preview of things to come as states across the West contend with a dangerous recipe of wind, low humidity and tinder-dry fuels.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez viewed the fire from a National Guard helicopter Thursday afternoon and described the battle to fight the blaze as "daunting."

(Associated Press)

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