Wildfires in the south of the U.S. state of New Mexico has seized 56 square miles (14.5 thousand hectares), damaged or destroyed at least 224 homes and buildings, reported Wednesday by the Associated Press referring to the state governor, Susanna Martinez (Susana Martinez) .
According to the agency, the area of the fire continues to grow.
"My heart is broken when you see the damage to this beautiful region of the country," — said the Governor.
In the neighboring state of Colorado before the fire reached the area of 60 square miles (15.5 thousand hectares), one person died. By evening, the state capital — the city of Denver covered the thick clouds of acrid smoke that much more difficult fighting the fire from the air.
Total U.S. in nine states raging for 19 major wildfires. According to the Associated Press, for the elapsed time, the fire affected nearly 1.5 thousand square miles (about 389,000 hectares), while for the same period in 2011, this figure was several times higher at about 6, 3000 square miles (1.6 million hectares).