Largest New Mexico Wildfire Unavoidable?
May 30, 2012 • 2:31PM

The ongoing Whitewater-Baldy fire in New Mexico, having currently burned 170,000 acres, already the largest wildfire in the state's history, would have been a mere spark, if the NAWAPA XXI project, as proposed today, were already built.

Two large reservoirs would have altered the dry climate of the region, and water would have been available close by to prevent the fire from spreading.

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An upcoming video on the NAWAPA XXI page will describe project's routes in detail:

“Two more reservoirs are created in the Gila basin of the lower Colorado, first on the San Francisco river just east of Brushy Mountain, 30 miles from its confluence with the Gila river, and second with a dam on the Gila itself, 70 miles from its headwaters, located 20 miles NW of Silver City, NM. The combined storage capacity of the Gila and San Francisco reservoirs will be 21.7 MAF, nearly equivalent to that of Lake Powell, and will divert water south to farms along the river in NM before continuing south to supply a major aqueduct into Sonora...”