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Borrego Fire, New Mexico
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For the past week, the Borrego Fire in northern New Mexico has consumed over
12,000 acres of land in and around the Sante Fe National Forest. This true-color
image of the fire was acquired on May 24, 2002, by the Moderate-resolution
Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA’s
Terra satellite. The
fire, which has been fueled by unseasonably dry mixed conifer and aspen forests, is reported to have spread very little in the past twenty-four
hours. Eight hundred firefighters, four air tankers, and 12 helicopters have
been employed to control the blaze. As of now, the cause of the fire is still
under investigation, and no one has been seriously injured or killed.