The Whitewater and Baldy Fires within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico exhibited extreme fire behavior during the afternoon of Wednesday May 23, 2012. The Baldy Fire started on May 9th and the Whitewater Fire on May 16th both due to lightning strikes. These two fires merged into one large fire complex on the 23rd while growing nearly 50,000 acres in just one afternoon. The 1km MODIS 3.9micron hotspot imagery comparison between Tuesday, May 22nd and Wednesday, May 23rd showed this significant growth. Figure 1 is a graphicast issued on the evening of the 23rd using the comparison to show the incredible growth. Forecasters were able to approximate the size of the fire by comparing the imagery to burn scars from 2011. The Las Conchas Fire burned nearly 150,000 acres to the west of Los Alamos, becoming the largest wildfire in New Mexico history. This fire was easily close to half that of the burn scar displayed in the graphicast in Figure 2. The following morning inciweb.org indicated the fire had grown to near 50,000 acres. By Thursday afternoon the 24th the fire continued to grow to nearly 70,000 acres. The Miller Fire burn scar east of the current fire in Figure 2 burned just over 88,000 acres. This looks very close to the latest 1km MODIS hotspot image. Given the current long duration critical fire weather event expected through Saturday it will be unprecedented to see the Whitewater-Baldy complex grow to beat the state record set just last year.