As of noon yesterday the Cajete fire had burned 1,325 acres since it was first noticed Thursday morning — about two days earlier. It would be a lot worse if there were strong winds. The Las Conchas fire, the one that burned our place six years ago, consumed 43,000 acres in the first 14 hours (an acre every 1.17 seconds). By the second day it had burned about 61,000 acres, and it continued to grow to 156,593 acres (244 square miles) before it was contained about five weeks later.
What a difference wind and extra-dry fuel make.