A drought-triggered wildfire in northern New Mexico is evolving into a “multi-million-acre” fire on Saturday and could still double it, a fire spokesman said.

Authorities in northern New Mexico called on residents in more than two dozen communities to evacuate the Saturday before the huge fire after exploding within a day.

Officials in San Miguel and Mora County asked residents in the area of the fire to be on “remain on high alert for changes to evacuation statuses and road closures,” the report said Sunday.

Excited winds spurred the fire to quickly spread east toward Las Vegas and southward over Gallinas Canyon on Friday, fire officials said.

The report said six air ambulance aircraft and eight helicopters are also going to keep working to slow the spread of the fire and assist the firefighters on the ground.

Red flag warnings apply in places from Nevada to New Mexico.

New Mexico has only reached its peak fire season in June, but amid consecutive year-long droughts in the West, more acres of wildfire land have been burned this year than in seven of the past eight years, according to Southwest Coordination Center statistics.

Cerro Grande Fire

The Cerro Grande Fire was a disastrous forest fire in New Mexico, United States of America, that occurred in May 2000. The fire started as a controlled burn, (wikipedia)