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Fires Hit Southwest, New Mexico's Season 'Dangerously Early'

Resource Advisors from the Coconino National Forest record data in Division Alpha near Flagstaff, Arizona, on April 21.

Resource Advisors from the Coconino National Forest record data in Division Alpha near Flagstaff, Arizona, on April 21.

Photographer: Tom Story/AP Photo

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(AP) -- New Mexico faces a long and potentially devastating wildfire season, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Saturday, as Southwestern wildfires cause destruction and force people from their homes.

Hundreds of structures were lost in a growing number of wind-driven blazes across drought-stricken New Mexico, Lujan Grisham said Saturday.