Residents in New Mexico’s Mora County on Wednesday, May 18, surveyed some of the charred landscape left behind by the Calf Canyon-Hermit’s Peak fire, which on Monday became the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state.
This footage from by Tanya Kwan-Simmons shows scorched woodland near her home in Cleveland, a community northwest of Mora, on Wednesday afternoon.
“That was the shed and this… was the house,” Kwan-Simmons says in the footage.
Speaking to Storyful, Kwan-Simmons said: “Our house and all of the ones around us are total losses, just the crumpled metal roofs are left (…) The fire took everything.”
The Calf Canyon-Hermit’s Peak fire was continuing to spread on Friday, May 20, having burned over a total of 303,701 acres (475 sq. miles), according to fire officials.
Officials told residents of four counties – Mora, San Miguel, Taos, and Colfax – to “remain on high alert for changes to evacuation statuses and road closures.” Credit: Tanya Kwan-Simmons via Storyful
- Oh, look at this big one.
TANYA KWAN-SIMMONS: Another disc golf basket. Wow, amazing, there it is on the ground. Neighbor's house, the Evans.
- Hey, you're right.
TANYA KWAN-SIMMONS: And.
- Green leaves.
TANYA KWAN-SIMMONS: Dandelions, one of the hardiest plants on the planet.
- Disc golf basket down there.
TANYA KWAN-SIMMONS: All the disc golf baskets are here. Propane tank. That was the shed. And this was the house.