Gila Forest Fire Video: Largest Fire in New Mexico History
Gila Forest Fire: Whitewater-Baldy Blaze Breaks New Mexico Records
An out-of-control wildfire in New Mexico's Gila National Forest has consumed over 170,000 acres, becoming the largest wildfire in state history. The Whitewater-Baldy fire was formed by two separate wildfires that have since merged after forming last week: both blazes are believed to have been ignited by lightning strikes.
You can see eyewitness footage of the Gila wildfire below.
The town of Mogollon has been ordered evacuated. The popluation of nearby Willow Creek has also been evacuated. The fire is 0% contained at this point, despite the efforts of over a thousand firefighters. FEMA has approved New Mexico's request for fire-management assistance.