Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Little Bear Fire - Ruidoso, NM. June 12, 2012.

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Little Bear Fire Ruidoso, NM.

Little Bear Fire Update-

(9 PM Tuesday, June 12, 2012.)


#LittleBearFire June 12, 9pm – Damage Assessment Substantially Complete

Size: approx. 36,237 acres
Containment: 35 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,170; crews: 10 Type 1, 18 Type 2; engines: 74; helicopters: 8 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 12; water tenders: 18
Today’s Weather: 85 degrees, relative humidity 12%, wind SE 11 mph gusting to 25 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:
Prior to yesterday, June 11, 2012, conditions within the fire area were unsafe for entry to perform damage assessment. The damage assessment team, composed of New Mexico State and Lincoln County emergency management personnel, and Southwest Area Incident Management Team members entered portions of the burned area yesterday, and report that 224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings were destroyed. The assessment is substantially complete. The initial reported loss of 35 structures was based on preliminary information which was incomplete.
The southwest side of the fire was the most active today, with fire aggressively backing downhill in light fuels. The Very Large Air Tanker was utilized to make one drop on this front, effectively cooling it off so firefighters could take direct action. Around the ski area, crews mopped up and removed hazard trees. One small spot fire was detected on the Mescalero Reservation, which was quickly contained and suppressed.
On the south side, some burnout was accomplished around the switchbacks on NM 532. This operation will continue tomorrow. West of Alto, crews brought fire down along the containment line to tie in with Eagle Creek drainage. Mop up and patrol was in place along the east side, and on the north side crews prepared dozer line into Nogal Canyon. Structure protection, mop up and line improvement continued on the northwest flank.
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. Wednesday. 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. on 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 Highway 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 alerts/
Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Fire Information: (575)258-6900
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