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Little Bear Fire - Ruidoso, New Mexico Update. June 16, 2012.


#LittleBearFire June 16, 9 am – Firefighters Keep Eye on Weather as Clouds Build

Fire Information: (575)258-6900
Sizeapprox. 38,144 acres
Containment51 %
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 tenders: 19
Today’s Weather: 70-80 degrees, relative humidity 30-40%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 35 mph
Injuries: 3
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 that 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: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.
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/LittleBearFireNMTwitter.com/T1SWIMT,Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/(photos).
Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
LocationSmokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
FuelsMixed conifer, ponderosa pine

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