U.S. Forest Service puts a stop to controlled burns... for now

The U.S. Forest Service has called a temporary nationwide stop to controlled burns.

This comes after the Agency accidentally started New Mexico’s largest wildfire in history. The Hermits Peak Calf Canyon Fire has now burned more than 300,000 acres, destroyed 1,500 properties, and displaced tens of thousands of people.

Two national forests in New Mexico have also been shut down due to extreme fire danger until conditions improve and there is significant moisture. Unfortunately, dry and windy conditions are only expected to get worse. Right now, restrictions are scheduled until the middle of July.

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