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Nation's Largest Wildfire Continues in New Mexico

By Jane Hwang - 2012-06-08T16:23:35Z

Photograph by Kari Greer/U.S. Forest Service/AP Photo

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A fire in the Gila National Forest has been raging for more than three weeks now, and has become the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history. Thousands of acres have burned, two packs of endangered gray wolves are being monitored and nearby residents fear flooding after the trees have burned away. The rugged terrain, steep canyons and the fire's sheer size have made it difficult for firefighters to contain it. Lightning started the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire on May 16, and more than a thousand firefighters have battled the blaze since then.

Left, smoke from the fire in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.