Dangerous fire weather around US threatens effort to contain blazes

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Friday, worsening conditions for firefighters across the US

Fox Weather reported that the extreme fire weather risk exists in the central and southern High Plains, including Colorado and Kansas.

The elevated fire weather risk also exists in the Northeast, where gusty winds and low humidity could fuel any fires in wooded areas.


While crews have made progress on Nebraska’s deadly road 702 Fire – which has been burning light and shifting winds of up to 50 mph from oncoming thunderstorms.

That blaze, which has scorched 43,582 acres, is now 88% contained, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

On Thursday, crews were focused on two uncontrolled areas just south of US Highway 6 along the Republican River.

Firefighters from Elk Creek Fire Protection District in Colorado, along with Nebraska National Guard firefighters, grid and mop up hot spots in Division Bravo of the Road 702 Fire on Thursday, April 28, 2022.
(Credit: Nebraska Emergency Management Agency)

Thursday in Nebraska, all of New Mexico and parts of Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma.

Bad firefighting weather has generated unusually hot and fast moving fires for this time of year.

The U.S. Forest Service said firefighters were working to contain the Barnett Branch Fire in North Carolina, which was first reported on Wednesday, and started in New Mexico at the Alamo Navajo Indian Reservation on Thursday.

At least 166 homes have been destroyed in northeastern New Mexico where the drought-stricken region was also expected.


According to the U.S. National Forest Service for the Santa Fe National Forecast, the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fires are now 37% contained, stretching 65,824 acres.

The agency noted a wind-driven operation on the north on the ground on Thursday.

Approximately 3,000 firefighters were battling fires in Arizona and New Mexico.

In the Copper State, authorities downgraded some evacuation orders at the Tunnel Fire near Flagstaff.

In this photo released by the US Forest Service, aircraft known as

In this photo released by the U.S. Forest Service, aircraft known as “super scoopers” battle the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires in the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Firefighters have been making significant progress on the Most wildfires burning unusually hot and fast for the time of year the landscape last week.
(J. Michael Johnson / US Forest Service via AP)

The fire is now 89% contained, spanning 19,075 acres.

That fire – one of several in Arizona – has impacted more than 100 properties and burned 30 residences.

The National Interagency Fire Center said Friday that 13 large fires have burned 236,407 acres.

More than a million acres have burned nationwide since January 1.


The threat of increased fire danger across the country is expected to continue into the summer, according to a recent outlook issued by the NIFC.

Wildfire has become a year-round threat in the West. Scientists have said that problems have been exacerbated by decades of poor suppression and poor management along with more than 20-year megadrought that studies link to human-caused climate change.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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