FAIRFIELD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 19: A Pacific Gas and Electric firefighter sprays retardant on a utility pole as the LNU Lightning Complex fire burns in the area on August 19, 2020 in Fairfield, California. The LNU Lightning Complex fire is spread over 5 counties and has burned over 124,000 acres. The out-of-control wildfire has destroyed at least 50 homes and is zero percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of firefighters are battling destructive wildfires in the Southwest as more residents are preparing to evacuate into the weekend in northern New Mexico. Strong winds in bone-dry conditions have made the blazes especially difficult to contain. The biggest fire in the U.S. grew Friday east of Santa Fe to more than 117 square miles. Gusty winds grounded aircraft and crews lost some of the containment they had established in recent days. About 1,000 firefighters on the lines, and officials say more air and ground support is on the way. Experts say some of the wildland timber is drier than kiln-dried wood.