ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A raging blaze that has become one of the largest forest fires in New Mexico history left the leader of one Native American community with a sinking feeling Thursday as it burned through cultural sites and threatened an important water source for his people.
Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. Walter Dasheno declared an emergency for the pueblo because of the damage being done by the Las Conchas fire. It has charred nearly 145 square miles, including 6,000 acres within the pueblo's watershed.
"This is a fire like we've never seen before," Dasheno told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.