Huge New Mexico wildfire forces hundreds of households to flee

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Reuters

By Andrew Hay LAS VEGAS, N.M. (Reuters) – Hundreds of households in the historic New Mexico city of Las Vegas were told to evacuate immediately on Monday as intense winds and bone-dry conditions fueled a huge wildfire burning on the outskirts of town. The blaze, dubbed the Calf Canyon Wildfire, had scorched more than 103,000 acres (41,682 hectares), or more than half the area of New York City, as of Monday morning, according to U.S. Forest Service officials in New Mexico. It was 30% contained as of Monday as it burned drought-parched vegetation northwest of the city of 13,000 people. The fire,…

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