El Rito, NM

The Midnight Fire Has Grown to 4,000 Acres

Daniella Cressman

New Mexico has already struggled immensely as a result of wildfires.

Unfortunately, quite a few of them are still ablaze, and the Midnight Fire near El Rito has expanded significantly.


"Fire crews battled heavy wind gusts Monday in an effort to prevent the Midnight Fire burning near El Rito from rapidly becoming an inferno. “Crews were out there actively engaged for 24 hours, so they made some very, very good progress,” said Katy O’Hara, a spokeswoman for a Type 1 incident management team that was diverted from the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire to attack the blaze. About 225 personnel were deployed to the newly ignited fire." —Scott Wyland

The Midnight Fire—sparked on Thursday—had already grown to 3,999 acres by Monday.

"The Midnight Fire, which sparked Thursday, had grown to 3,944 acres by Monday morning and is proving to be a formidable adversary." —Scott Wyland

Over the weekend, residents of Portrero and Valle de los Caballos were ordered to evacuate.

"The communities of Portrero and Valle de los Caballos were ordered to evacuate over the weekend." —Scott Wyland

Tragically, there are a myriad of wildfires to contain and firefighters are running low on resources in many cases.

"It is one of several new wildfires that have ignited in New Mexico since last week and promise to further challenge already strained firefighting resources, especially with the weather predicted to be hotter than the seasonal average, dry and windy through much of the week." —Scott Wyland

Cooler temperatures and more humidity are anticipated, which could help, but lightning from thunderstorms has actually made matters worse in many cases.

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