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New Mexico fire fight tops $65 million as wildfires march on

Spring Wildfires
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A firefighting airplane drops slurry on a wildfire near Las Vegas, N.M., on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Flames raced across more of New Mexico's pine-covered mountainsides Tuesday, charring more than 217 square miles (562 square kilometers) over the last several weeks. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

New Mexico fire fight tops $65 million as wildfires march on

New Mexico fire fight tops $65 million as wildfires march on

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press

Despite consecutive days of howling winds, New Mexico's governor says there haven't been any reports of widespread damage to homes as a massive wildfire makes its way across the tinder-dry landscape. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called that good news during a briefing Tuesday on the largest wildfire burning in U.S. Crews have been shepherding flames around small mountain villages by bulldozing lines and clearing out vegetation. The governor said northern New Mexico was in the best position that could be expected given the high potential for losses and the challenges faced by firefighters. The cost of fighting the blaze and another smaller fire burning near Los Alamos National Laboratory has topped $65 million.