The largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history, which at times felt never-ending, is now nearing its finale.

Heavy rains over the weekend from an early monsoon helped crews to quell the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, which has raged for more than two months after a pair of prescribed burns that went awry merged into an inferno — searing a 534-square-mile area and wreaking untold damage on the landscape, watersheds, communities and infrastructure.

Experts say it will take years to recover from a fire that has burned almost 342,000 acres. But the end of the blaze appeared near as officials reported 92 percent containment and almost no movement Monday.



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