Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires Grow to Over 165,000 Acres Amid Evacuations

The Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fires burning west of Las Vegas, New Mexico, reached 165,276 acres (approximately 258 square miles) on Thursday, May 5, after forcing evacuations in San Miguel and Mora counties.

The fires have displaced more than 6,000 people, mostly in San Miguel and Mora counties, the Las Vegas Optic said on May 4. The paper said more than 160 homes had been confirmed as destroyed, with the actual figure “likely higher."

As of Thursday morning, the wildfires were at 20 percent containment, according to official reports.

This video taken by Daniel Chacon with The Santa Fe New Mexican, who said he filmed it on May 4 in Mora County, shows smoke billowing from the fires. Credit: Daniel Chacon/The Santa Fe New Mexican via Storyful

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