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Frustration among law enforcement and the community has been mounting, and Thursday marked a pinnacle.
The crash remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.
59-year-old Janet Tracy, a volunteer firefighter from Caballo, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A wildfire in Arizona that had neighboring New Mexico breathing in smoke was one of several blazes scorching the drought-stricken Southwest, signaling what could be a devastating summer.
A Wyoming smokejumper has died of injuries suffered last month while fighting a wildfire in New Mexico.
The firefighter works for the U.S. Forest Service and was injured Monday while fighting a fire in the Animas Mountains in Hidalgo County.
“I think the Southwest is really primed for a bad fire season,” University of Utah fire scientist Phil Dennison said.