Fires In The Southwest Could Be Seen From Space Today
There are evacuations in 3 States: Arizona, New Mexico and California.
— Kyle Roberts (@KyleWeather) June 16, 2016
New Mexico – “The North Fire”
The largest of these fires has burned more than 30,000 acres in the San Mateo Mountains of southwestern New Mexico over the course of nearly a month.
The lightning-caused North Fire started May 21 in the Cibola National Forest and is only 30 percent contained.
Arizona – “The Cedar Fire”
A wildfire near Show Low, Arizona, that started Wednesday has nearly reached 10,000 acres and prompted some evacuations in the area.
“It’s huge, I’ve never seen a fire up here like this,” Pinetop resident Ryan Davis told ABC15. “In Pinetop, it’s clear, then we drove underneath it and it got all dark and then you could smell it – it smelled like a campfire.”
The Cedar Fire – officials changed the name from the Cedar Creek Fire on Thursday, KPHO reports – is burning brush and timber in rugged terrain about nine miles from Show Low.
The fire chief says the blaze should be at least 30 percent contained by today (AZCentral).
California – “The Sherpa Fire”
A wind-driven fire that has consumed almost 6,000 acres in the Los Padres National Forest prompted mandatory evacuations in Southern Santa Barbara County as it swept toward the Pacific Ocean. The fire started shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near the Sherpa Ranch.
Evacuation centers have been set up at the Wake Center in Goleta, California, and Santa Ynez Union High School in Santa Ynez, California, Inciweb reported. A large animal evacuation center has been set up at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Goleta.
This fire was just 5 percent contained as of Friday afternoon.
— Dave Hovde (@tvdave) June 17, 2016