Living in the high desert has it's pros and cons. What is great about it is also what is dangerous. It is dry here. I love the low humidity but it seems we are now on the extreme low side of dry. The latest update on the New Mexico Fire Information website is: "The entire Santa Fe National Forest, encompassing 1.6 million acres, is under Stage II fire restrictions due to severe drought conditions and extreme fire danger."
We went camping in the Pecos Wilderness on Saturday. We, of course, knew that the dry conditions meant no campfires but we did not expect to have to actually flee smoke from a wildfire. I took this photo of the Pacheco Wildfire heading our way just before we packed up to go home. Five days later the fire has consumed 5,500 acres and is only 10% contained.