New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared a state of emergency following Sunday’s wildfires that were raging across nearly half of the state’s 33 drought-stricken counties.

At least two dozen buildings were destroyed, authorities there said.

Philmont Scout Ranch was among areas that had to be evacuated Saturday, as the fire spread to the Flagstaff area of northern New Mexico.

Calf Canyon has scorched for almost a week.

Two of the active New Mexico wildfires have merged into a single blaze, according to a New Mexico Fire Information release.

Winds and temperatures softened in New Mexico Saturday, but remained strong enough to foment the blazes further.

In view of the areas still burning and charred, too dangerous to climb into,”it’s not safe for you or us to have a complete assessment to date,” she said, suggesting that the number of unexploded structures would increase.

Grisham says she has requested more federal funds from the White House, and is calling for a nationwide ban on fireworks.

New Mexico

New Mexico ; Navajo: Yootó Hahoodzo ) is a state in the Southwestern United States. It is one of the Mountain States of the southern Rocky Mountains, (wikipedia)

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham is an American lawyer and politician serving as the 32nd governor of New Mexico since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, Lujan Grisham previously served as the U.S. (wikipedia)

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