"Experts Predict Bad Year For New Mexico Wildfires"

"Wildfire experts in Northern New Mexico are urging the community to prepare for a hot, dry summer with potentially worse conditions than previous years, and they say the idea of a wildfire “season” is slowly dissipating as climate change makes the state’s forests more susceptible to blazes year-round.

The Santa Fe area saw its first fire March 9, followed by a Sandoval County fire on March 21 that burned at least 6 acres before it was extinguished.

So far this year, there have been 80 wildfires in New Mexico that have burned over 2,000 acres, a concerning early start to the season as the last one seemingly just ended when 2020’s 543rd fire burned near Taos in October."

Victoria Traxler reports for the Santa Fe New Mexican March 28, 2021.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, 03/30/2021