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Friday, April 15, 2022

Time-Lapse Video & Photos Of The McBride Forest Fire - Ruidoso, New Mexico 4-14-2022.

McBride Forest Fire - Ruidoso, New Mexico.

When the McBride fire broke out in Ruidoso this past Tuesday afternoon I wanted to drive up there and shoot some videos and photos but was not able to do so. Instead, I drove up to Ruidoso yesterday (Thursday) and shot the enclosed time-lapse video and photos. Some of the hardest-hit areas as far as wind damage goes were still closed to public access as was the burn area itself. So I will have to wait until they get the fire out and open those areas back up in order to get more revealing photos of the burn scare.

What I did notice was that there were a lot of cleanup crews out and about cleaning up the fallen pines and hauling the debris off. Good job on the clean-up. Hats off to the fire-fighting crews who are battling these two fires. Although the situation is bad it could have been a lot worse.

I shot this time-lapse (8x the normal speed) of the McBride Forest Fire in Ruidoso, New Mexico that continued to burn on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Southwest winds at the time of the video were gusting between 25-30 mph at the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport northeast of Ruidoso, and the Smokey Bear Raws 1 mile northwest of Ruidoso. In spite of the gusty winds, fire crews were able to keep the fire from flaring up as it had on Wednesday afternoon.

McBride Fire – April 15, 2022 Morning Update

A Public Meeting will be held on Facebook Saturday evening at 6:00 PM

Acres: 6,167

Cause: Under investigation

Containment: 0%

Start Date: April 12, 2022

Location: Gavilan Canyon within Ruidoso 

Fuels: Timber, brush, dry grasses

Structures burned: 207 primary structures, multiple outbuildings 

Fatalities: 2

HighlightsYesterday favorable weather permitted coordinated operations between helicopters with bucket drops and ground crews on the McBride Fire. This enabled firefighters to focus on extinguishing specific areas of heat and secure extensive fire line. Local crews that worked on the first days of initial attack were released and replaced with fresh crews working under the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 which took command of the fire yesterday morning. A virtual public meeting will be hosted on the McBride Fire Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. Saturday 4/16.

Operations: Today firefighters will continue efforts to extinguish and mop up hotspots on the southwest section of the fire. Crews have been working to ensure that the area will be safe for utility work restoration and to ensure residents can return as soon as possible. Dozers and ground crews will continue to work on scouting and constructing line along the rugged north/northeast edge of the fire.  Hotshot crews will focus on the east and southeast sides of the fire to construct and secure lines to keep the fire from making runs back towards the Village.  Fire activity is expected to increase today due to warmer drier weather and gusty winds.

Evacuations: Moon Mountain Area: High Loop, Lupin, Starlight etc.; Gavilan Canyon: From Highway 70 to Lower Eagle Creek; East of Hull: McBride, Snowcap, Timberline, Fawn Ridge etc. Homestead Acres/Lower Eagle Creek; Rancho Ruidoso Valley Estates, Deer Valley, Deer Park, and Alto East of Flute Player. The Ruidoso Convention Center is open to evacuees.

Safety: More evacuations are possible. Please stay out of the fire area to allow crews safe access the fire. Parts of the Village remain without electricity and gas. PNM, Otero Electric and Zia Natural Gas are working to restore power. Trees and power lines remain down in much of the Village. Please watch for animals that have been released or escaped. Prepare yourself and your family with a go-bag. Visit for more information on evacuation preparation.

Weather:  Clear, temperatures upper 60s, humidity 7%, winds sustained 5-15 mph gusts to 35 mph. A red flag warning has been issued for this afternoon by the National Weather service.

Restrictions/Closures: Closures are in place at Gavilan Canyon from Meander to Highway 48 and Warrior Drive from Hull to Gavilan Canyon. Hull Road remains open but roads east of Hull from Warrior to Lower Eagle Creek like Snowcap, McBride, Timberline etc. remain closed. Road closures are being adjusted based on fire activity.  

Smoke: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

Fire Information: Public 505-356-2636   Media 505-445-8278 



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Nogal Fire April 15, 2022 Morning Update

A Public meeting will be held on Facebook Saturday Evening at 6:00 PM for the Nogal and McBride Fires

Acres: 427

Cause: Downed power lines

Containment: 4%

Start Date: April 12, 2022

Location/Origin: Nogal Canyon, west of Capitan

Fuels: Ponderosa pine, pinon and juniper, grass

Structures burned: 6 primary, 8 outbuildings   

Highlights: Today brings warmer weather, gusty winds up to 35 mph and a Red Flag Warning – expect increased fire activity, especially in the afternoon as fuels warm up. Good progress was made yesterday towards the goal of lifting  closures and allowing homeowners back in to the area as soon as safely possible. A virtual public meeting will be hosted on the McBride Fire Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. Saturday 4/16.

Operations: Ground crews and engines will continue to patrol, extinguish hotspots, and secure the perimeter around  homes and other values at risk. Additionally, crews will be scouting, constructing and maintaining direct and indirect line  to secure the outer fire edges to minimize spread.  

Lincoln County Mercantile is offering to help owners of animals that are being housed at the Capitan Fairgrounds, due to evacuations.

Evacuations: All of Nogal Canyon remains in evacuation status. Safe repopulation of homeowners is a high priority. As soon as it is safe for the public to re-enter the fire area, an update will be posted.

Weather: Clear, temperatures high 60s to 70 degrees. Sustained winds from SW 5-15 mph, gusts to 35.

Restrictions/Closures: Nogal Canyon is closed

Smoke: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measure.

Fire Information: Public Phone Line 505-356-2636   Media Phone Line 505-445-8278            


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