Update: New Mexico fire now a "megafire"


“Megafire” at Gila National Forest. Image: U.S. Forest Service

The largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history continues to burn, having already charred an area larger than New York City. Known as the Whitewater-Baldy Fire Complex, the wildfire has become another in a series of “megafires” to torch the American West due to an unprecedented combination of drought conditions, climate change, and alterations in land-management practices.

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