June 3rd, 2012
03:40 AM ET

Largest wildfire in New Mexico's history threatens to grow

A record wildfire raged on in southwestern New Mexico on Sunday, belching out a wall of smoke as it devoured thousands of acres and advanced across the rugged wilderness.

Authorities cautioned children, adults with heart disease and other sensitive groups to stay indoors as the growth potential for the blaze remains high.

The blaze - the biggest in the state's history - has scorched an area more than one and a half times bigger than Chicago.

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  1. dazzle ©

    Those of us that live in the Southwest are used to these devastating wildfires. The Gila region is enormous and our neighbors to the east are getting support from many fire fighters in the region. Their job will not be easy with triple digit temperatures, zero humidity, and the potential for no Monsoon season. In my area of Arizona, visibility is greatly impaired and the mountain ranges are not visible. We are being warned to exercise caution while driving on the interstates. Respiratory ailments are on the rise and folks that have weakened immune systems are being cautioned to stay indoors. I do hope that folks in the Southwest heed these warnings.

    June 3, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Time is a rate of flow per unit volume

    Either that is one super-fast fire or CNN is more than a little behind on the story.

    June 3, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. High Hopes

    Calm the Storm...

    June 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    No kidding, stay safe dazzle. Over 350 acres the national news just reported!

    June 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. TvNyC

    Its calm before the storm. Summer didnt even start. Be prepared people.

    June 4, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse | Reply

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