RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Residents near the Little Bear burn scar area have been told to evacuate due to a flash flood warning.
Lincoln County Emergency Services ordered Saturday residents in low-lying areas and around creeks or streams to evacuate. The area has been hit by heavy rain.
Ruidoso Fire Station and the Office of Emergency Services in Copper Ridge are offering residents sandbags.
The fire has destroyed 224 homes while racing through 38,000 acres. Officials say the blaze is 51 percent contained.
Congressman Steve Pearce said Friday in an interview with KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/Mga1yx) that he believed federal officials could have done more when the fire began outside the resort town of Ruidoso on June 4 thanks to lightning.
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