Tuesday, June 4, 2013

U.S. wildfires threaten Native American sites

Wildfires, including one that could extend to Native American archaeological sites in New Mexico, raged across the western United States on Monday as dry weather and gusty winds stymied firefighters' efforts to make headway against the flames.

In Southern California, a fast-growing wildfire spread to 30,000 acres, expanding by 50 percent from Sunday to Monday. It has destroyed six homes since it broke out last Thursday.

In New Mexico two smaller fires roared out of control in separate wilderness areas. Firefighters warned that one of them could gain strength during the windy, dry afternoon as it consumed pine trees in its path.