Damage estimations rise after massive New Mexico wildfire

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The destruction by the largest wildfire in the U.S. has been devastating for thousands of citizens with damaged lives forever, the New Mexico governor said Tuesday after taking a tour of the damage in a District.

On Thursday, the US Forest Service said the Hermits Peak and Cal Canyon fires, which have grown to 318,599 acres and have been 65% contained, had been stopped since late February.

Thousands of firefighters worked to contain eight massive blazes that had burned more than 1,130 square kilometers (2.274 square miles), the NFL’s Fire Rescue Center said Tuesday.

Several hundred homes were demolished by the fire, though the number may be set to rise as the inspections continue.

Residents across the countryside have been subject to intense criticism over the federal role in initiating the blaze.

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