The Whitewater-Baldy complex fire encompasses 172,000 acres, making it the largest fire on record in New Mexico and the largest recorded for the month of May. The fire has continued to spread in all directions as it remains active over 95% of the perimeter. Firefighters are working on the line around the fire to provide the buffer needed to minimize the spread. Burnout operations
on the north side of the fire along Forest Road 141 have cooled off enough to allow crews to mop up hot spots. Crews continued to clear vegetation from previous burnout operations on the northern and western flanks to create a larger fire break around the fire’s edge. Structure protection continues in Mogollon, Willow Creek and near other ranches and homes. The fire continued to be very active in pockets with extreme fire behavior of running, torching and spotting. Severe fire and weather has been observed for seven of the last eight days. Weather conditions remain dry, hot and unstable. Mandatory evacuations of Mogollon and Willow Creek have been called. This image was taken at 1730Z by TERRA MODIS on May 30, 2012.