‘Unprecedented extreme wind event’ expected to fan devastating US wildfire

Firefighters are braced for an “unprecedented extreme wind event” and near-record high temperatures to fan the largest blaze burning in the US, which has already caused widespread devastation and prompted thousands to flee.

Forecasters in the US are warning gusts could reach up to 60mph over the weekend, fuelling the spread of the wildfire in northeastern New Mexico that has scorched more than 262 square miles in recent weeks.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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