One person has been confirmed dead as out-of-control wildfires ravage Colorado outside Fort Collins.
A 62-year-old woman, Linda Steadman, was killed in her cabin, her family said in a statement to the Associated Press. With 18 or more large wildfires burning in nine states, 4,000 of the country’s 15,000 federal firefighters had been deployed, the AP reported.
Seen from space by NASA satellites, the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history was still 37 percent contained by Tuesday June 12, the same as on Monday. It has ravaged 435 square miles of forest since mid-May, according to InciWeb’s latest report.
“The increased visible fire activity occurred in pockets of unburned brush in Sycamore and Brush Canyons,” InciWeb said of the Whitewater-Baldy Fire. “Visible fire and smoke behavior was short-lived. Fire fighters and air support were standing by to keep the fire in containment lines. Crews and air resources are standing by in the southern boundary where fire activity has been present.”
Another fire, this one in the southern part of the state, has damaged or destroyed 35 structures and prompted hundreds of evacuations, the AP reported. Air tankers have come from as far away as Alaska and are on loan from Canada, the AP said.
“The fuels out here are very dry. That’s the big story. It’s drought,” said David Shell, a spokesman for the Little Bear firefighting crews in New Mexico, to the Los Angeles Times on Monday evening.