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Fires Along Pacific Coast of Mexico

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June 3rd, 2012 Category: Fires

Mexico - May 31st, 2012

Scores of fires burning in the mountain chains running parallel to Mexico’s Pacific Coast create a thick, smoky haze that rests inbetween crests of mountains and partially obscures the view of lush green forests. The forest ecosystems in this area are some of Mexico’s last remaining large tracts of relatively undisturbed forest. Upon opening the full image, more fires can be seen burning up and down the country’s Pacific Coast for hundreds of kilometers – blazes are visible as far down as the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Fire in Gila Wilderness Grows to Nearly 300 Square Miles in Area, USA – May 31st, 2012

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May 31st, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA - May 30th, 2012

A massive wildfire in the New Mexico wilderness, the Gila Wilderness blaze or Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire, already the state’s largest blaze ever, has grown to nearly 300 square miles as it spreads in all directions. Here, smoke from the huge blaze blows towards the southeast.

Experts say conditions are ripe this season for similar massive blazes across the West. Persistent drought, climate change and shifts in land use and firefighting strategies mean western states likely will see giant fires that will require hundreds, if not thousands, of firefighters on-site. A drought cycle lasting about 20 years has created the ideal conditions for this type of fires. Agencies in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and other western states are bracing for the worst, given the bleak forecast.

Plumes of Smoke from Fires in Mexico and Gila Wilderness Blaze in USA

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May 30th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA - May 29th, 2012

This image of the southwestern USA and northern Mexico shows several different wildfires. In the upper left quadrant is the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire, or Gila Wilderness blaze, in the state of New Mexico. Further south, in the lower half of the image, plumes of smoke from several fires between the Pacific coast and the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains can be observed. These fires are smaller and are releasing plumes of smoke less dense than that of the fire in the Gila Wilderness.

As the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire continues to blow smoke toward southern New Mexico, doctors warn that there could be negative health effects if the smoke lingers for an extended period of time. The fire has so far burned more than 170,000 acres and zero percent has been contained. It isn’t expected to be fully contained until July.

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Continues to Grow in Gila Wilderness, New Mexico, USA – May 30th, 2012

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May 30th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA - May 29th, 2012

A wildfire raging out of control in southwestern New Mexico grew by 30 square miles overnight Monday. The massive blaze is on track to become the largest in the state’s history. More than 1,100 firefighters are battling the lightning-sparked blaze as it burns in rugged terrain in the Gila Wilderness near the New Mexico/Arizona border.

Whipped by strong winds, the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire, also known as the Gila Wilderness blaze, is expected to break the record set by last year’s devastating Las Conchas wildfire that scorched 244 square miles. It’s burned at least a dozen summer cabins and is a long way from containment.

Experts say low humidity and prolonged drought are complicating the firefighting effort, and officials have had little time to assess the damage. The fire is reportedly growing in all directions and spreading towards communities, ranches and homes on the Western perimeter.

Smoke Over Gulf of Mexico and Southern USA

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May 28th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA - May 25th, 2012

A fire in the United States, near the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, releases smoke that spreads over the Gulf and northward over southern USA. Along the shoreline, the smoke affects the states of Lousiana, Alabama and Florida (left to right). The smoke is thickest near the Alabama-Florida border, indicating the probable origin point of the fire. Eosnap previously observed a blaze in this area one week ago (click here for previous image).