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Sat June 16, 2012
UPDATE: Ruidoso Fire 51% Contained
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 38,144 acres
Containment: 51 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,425; crews: 12 Type 1, 23 Type 2;
engines: 85; helicopters: 6 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 13; water
Today's Weather: 70-80 degrees, relative humidity 30-40%, wind SW 10-20 mph
gusting to 35 mph
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)
Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) from NM 48 junction to Forest Road
127A is open to residents only
Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and tha(Document link:
Michelle Fidler)t portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to
the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including
a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort
Stanton Recreation Area.
Summary: Cool, cloudy weather and higher humidity present the first real
chance of rain since the beginning of the Little Bear Fire. Firefighters
will remain vigilant for flash flooding in canyons on the fire today.
Interior islands of unburned fuel will smolder today, creating very little
smoke. Crews will be improving containment line on the west side. Patrol
and mop up continue around the remainder of the fire.
All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road
and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their
homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic.
Meetings: A community meeting will be conducted in the main gymnasium of
Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 7:00 p.m. A community meeting
will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.
Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; Angus and Bonita Park.
Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist
Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La
Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788,
575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan
(575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841
or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in
Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board
(575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in
Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).
Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary
donations to the firefighting organizations. Local
fire departments should be considered first.
Additionally, the following
websites provide avenues for making donations: www.wffoundation.org, and
Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New
Mexico Department of Health's website at:
https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh_alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide
health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire
information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT,
Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and
(See attached file: Little Bear Fire news release 6_16 am.pdf)
Little Bear Fire Information
Little Bear Fire Info Call Center – 575-258-6900 (24 hr / 7 days a week)
Media Duty Officer - 505-235-4213 (6a – midnight)
Health Related Questions About Smoke – 1-877-304-4161 (24 hr / 7 days a
Mental Health Support for Wildfire Victims – 866-342-6892 (24 hr / 7 days a
Property Owners Information Line - 575-258-INFO(4636)