Satellite Imagery Shows Smoke from Wildfires Clouding Southwestern Skies

Smoke from active wildfires in New Mexico and Texas clouded skies over the US southwest on May 17, satellite imagery captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES East satellite shows.

As of May 18, the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire near Santa Fe was 34 percent contained and covered 301,971 acres (472 square miles), the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history. The Cerro Pelado fire, also in the Santa Fe National Forest area, was 74 percent contained at 45,605 acres (71 square miles). The Black fire in the southwest corner of the state burned 56,132 acres (88 square miles) and was zero percent contained as of Wednesday.

In Texas, fire officials reported four fires covering 10,610 acres, including the Mesquite Heat fire in Taylor County.

The National Weather Service warned that fire conditions could be exacerbated by high winds and hot, dry conditions in parts of New Mexico and western Texas. Credit: NOAA via Storyful

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