Smoke from Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Billows Southwestward33.1N 107.5W
The Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire, or Gila Wilderness blaze, is a wildfire burning in Catron County, New Mexico, USA. The fire has burned more than 200,000 acres (310 sq mi; 81,000 ha) in the Gila National Forest, becoming the largest wildfire in New Mexico state history, surpassing the Las Conchas Fire of 2011. Here, a thick plume of smoke from the fire billows towards the southwest. Much of the fire is burning in the Gila Wilderness which includes the fire’s namesake, Whitewater Baldy mountain.