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The wildfires burning in the Southwest are bad but ‘not unprecedented’

In this photo provided by the New Mexico National Guard, a New Mexico National Guard Aviation UH-60 Black Hawk flies as part of firefighting efforts, dropping thousands of gallons of water with Bambi buckets from the air on the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire in northern New Mexico on Sunday, May, 1.

Experts say the Southwestern U.S. is drier than it’s been in some 1,200 years, which is one of, but not the only, drivers of the large infernos burning in New Mexico.

(Image credit: New Mexico National Guard via AP)

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