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Trio of wildfires hit California and New Mexico

A trio of drought-fueled wildfires burned out of control in New Mexico and California on Sunday, as shifting winds and other adverse weather conditions hampered fire-fighting efforts.

The Powerhouse wildfire in California's Lake Hughes area, 65 miles north of Los Angeles, has destroyed six houses, said Ronald Ashdale, a spokesman for the US Forest Service.

A firefighter monitors flames from a wildfire burning at a horse ranch in Lancaster, California. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

It was threatening more than 1,000 homes and had already charred 19,500 acres, the Forest Service said, adding the blaze was not expected to be contained before Wednesday.

In New Mexico, two other fires also raged out of control on Sunday, one of them consuming 7,476 acres of Ponderosa pine forest in an area known as the Pecos Wilderness, authorities said.

A firefighting helicopter drops water on a wildfire burning in Lancaster, California. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

It too was fed by severe drought conditions blanketing 98 percent of the state, weather officials said.

"This is a historic drought. We haven't seen a drought like this since the 1950s," Dan Ware of New Mexico's State Forestry agency said. .

The other New Mexico fire had consumed 1,745 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve by late Sunday, triggering the evacuation of about 50 families, fire officials said

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Police spokesman: Motive of New Mexico shooting unknown

Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman Aaron Williamson has said that the motive of the teenage boy who shot dead five people at a home in New Mexico is not yet known, the New York Post reports.

Mr Williamson also said that investigators were trying to determine any connection of the teenager to the victims and if the victims were related.

Report: 15-year-old charged with murder of five people in New Mexico

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of two adults and three children in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to US news website KOB.com

On Saturday night, police found five people dead at a home Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said.

A man, a woman, two girls and a boy were reportedly found in the home with several gunshot wounds.

Police also said multiple weapons, including an assault type rifle, were found nearby.