SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency throughout New Mexico due to the enhanced flood potential caused by wildfires.
Tuesday’s declaration will make additional funds available for emergency flood protection measures such as sand bags, notification systems and soil rehabilitation with the summer monsoon season approaching.
Martinez says the burn scars left from last year and those from this year “make flooding a very real possibility.”
The Whitewater-Baldy Fire in the Gila National Forest continues to burn and is the state’s largest recorded fire at more than 296,000 acres.
The Little Bear Fire in Lincoln County has already burned more than 38,000 acres and 254 structures.
Last year, wildfires charred more than 1 million acres around New Mexico.