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June 14, 2012; 5:02 PM ET
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No Relief for Deadly Wildfires

Storified by Accu Weather · Wed, Jun 13 2012 07:21:08

NM_12-06-06_0576Gila Forest
No Relief for Deadly WildfiresBrightcove
Severe to extreme drought conditions, episodes of high winds and very low humidity have contributed to rapidly spreading wildfires in the Southwest.
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The view of a hillside off of Highway 48 shows what this wildfire has done to the forest. #nmfire http://pic.twitter.com/TJgiLpS9Alex Goldsmith
It's all hazy from the wildfire & a little hard to breathe. http://yfrog.com/odeosrrdjStasi Apple
Fire from Greeley #redsun #wildfire http://pic.twitter.com/9lEecAIEPaige Whitby
Really scary/sad what is going on in my hometown #wildfire#fortcollinsdakotamiv
High Park WildfireDane McDonald
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From NASA:

The largest fire in New Mexico's history, the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire, continued to burn in extreme and inaccessible terrain on June 6, 2012. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite captured this true-color image at 20:50 UTC (2:50 p.m. local time).

The red "hot spots" ringing the fire are most likely the result of controlled back burns, which are deliberately set fires designed to consume fuel that might feed the wildfires. Without fuel, wildfire becomes slowly contained within the fuel deprived ring, and the extent of the fire is contained.

According to Inciweb, by June 11, the Whitewater-Baldy fire had burned more than 278,000 acres, and was 37 percent contained.

NM_12-06-06_0610Gila Forest
High park fire smoke as the sun sets #highparkfire #sunset #smoke #wildfire #fortcollins #larimercountyBri Savage

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