June 13, 9am - Firefighters Turn The Corner on Fire
Incident: Little Bear Fire Wildfire
Fire Information: (575)258-6900
Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 37,520 acres
Containment: 35 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,170; crews: 10 Type 1, 18 Type 2; engines: 74; helicopters: 7 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 12; water tenders: 18
Today's Weather: 84 degrees, relative humidity 8-18%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 30 mph
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)
Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west; NM 48 from Ruidoso to mile Marker 15, north and south; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8, north and south
Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger 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: Firefighters continue to make steady progress, and are focusing efforts on the northwest flank of the fire. With the assistance of retardant drops, crews will build hand line to contain the active fire front. On the north side, crews will build direct line and prepare the road in Nogal Canyon for a burnout operation today or tomorrow. The east and southeast sides of the fire are relatively quiet, and patrol and mop up will be the order of the day. On the south side, firefighters will bring fire west along NM 532. Around the ski area crews will fell snags which pose a safety hazard to firefighters engaged in mop up.
The director of Ski Apache stated that although there is some damage to the ski area, it will be open this coming winter.
A special team has been ordered to assist with planning for re-entry after the fire is contained and conditions are safe for the public.
Meetings: Community meetings will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 4:30 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln County Commissioner Jackie Powell will conduct a brief meeting regarding the possibilities of flooding and damage in the Valley after the Little Bear fire. The meeting will be conducted at Hondo School on Highway 70, Hondo, NM at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sonterra (1, 2 and 3), Copper Canyon, and Loma Grande; Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Ski Run Road (State Highway 532) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to US 380 and Ski Apache. This list may not be all inclusive. Evacuees may contact either Alto (336-4341) or Nogal ( 354-2548) post offices to arrange for mail pick up.
Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to the fairgrounds in Capitan, Pet Paradise in La Luz, Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788 or 575-491-7553), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Carrizozo (575-808-2814), Lincoln County animal shelter in Ruidoso (575-257-9814 or 575-963-6745), DVM Faris in Ruidoso (575-257-4027), and Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056)
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%20alerts/