RUIDOSO, NM — A fire just east of Ruidoso burned at least 150 properties and forced evacuations, officials said late Tuesday night.
According to KTSM, fire officials estimated the fire’s size to be just over 4000 acres, with containment at 0%, having burned over 150 structures.
Tuesday afternoon, the fire was spreading north to Eagle Creek and the Homestead Acres area.
Crews made progress on the fire near the Ruidoso Middle School and evacuated 1,700+ students from Ruidoso High School, Ruidoso Middle School and Elementary Schools to the Ruidoso Convention Center, KTSM reported.
Officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for neighborhoods north of Ruidoso High School.
Mandatory evacuations were already in place for Moon Mountain, Gavilan Canyon, Paradise Canyon, Eagle Creek, Homestead Acres, Rancho Ruidoso Valley Estates, Old Fort Stanton Road, and Airport Road.
The Ruidoso Convention Center was open and the Red Cross was on site to assist those who evacuated. For those who need to evacuate with livestock, both the Roswell Animal Shelter and Otero Fairgrounds were open.
Ruidoso Municipal Schools cancelled school for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, according to KTSM.
A State of Emergency was declared for the Village. Those looking to make donations or volunteer were asked to call 575-258-6900.
The following is an update from the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico:
On Tuesday, April 12 at shortly after noon the McBride fire broke out in the Village of Ruidoso. The origin of the fire was near Warrior Drive and Hull Road. A number of structures were lost in the area of McBride, Gavilan Canyon, Fawn Ridge, Homestead Acres, and Lower Eagle Creek. Crews are working on multiple fronts on point protection and to secure structures. Crews in the Moon Mountain area were able to hold the ridge south of Gavilan and north of Paradise Canyon with a dozer line to keep it from progressing into Paradise Canyon and Meander. In the area of Homestead, Gavilan Canyon and Fawn Ridge, crews are working point protection and securing structures and working to connect and construct fire line to control fire progress. In the lower Eagle Creek area, fire impacted multiple structures in the area and crews are working on point protection. Eagle Ridge is the furthest point the fire has reached. The fire continues to spread to the northeast. Air tactical support was not able to fly on Tuesday due to extreme 60+ mph winds. Air tankers are available will be used when and where possible. Fire activity is expected to increase this afternoon as temperatures and winds increase.
Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations are in place for the area around Moon Mountain, McBride/Snowcap/Timberline, Eagle Creek, Homestead Acres, Rancho Ruidoso Valley Estates, Deer Valley, Deer Park, and Alto East of Flute Player. If you live in those areas, please evacuate to the Ruidoso Convention Center. More evacuations are possible.
Safety: Please stay out of the fire area to allow crews to quickly access the fire. Parts of the Village remain without electricity and gas. PNM, Otero Electric and Zia Natural Gas are working to restore power. We don’t have an estimated time for power to be restored. Trees and power lines remain down in much of the Village. Please watch for animals that have been released or escaped. Future evacuations are possible. Please begin preparing yourself and your family with a go-bag. Visit ready.gov for more information on preparing to evacuate.
Weather: Temps today will be around 54 degrees with 6% relative humidity. Winds will continue north/northwest at 20 mph gusting to 30, which will push the fire to the northeast. Lows tonight in the 30 with 16% relative humidity but winds will die off. Up slope winds in the afternoon may increase fire activity.
Values: Multiple residential subdivisions in the wildland urban interface. Powerlines and other infrastructure.
Road and Area Closures: Closures are in place at Gavilan Canyon from Meander to Hull Road, Warrior from Hull to Gavilan and Roads East of Hull from Warrior to Gavilan Canyon like Snowcap, McBride, Timberline etc. Road closures are being adjusted based on fire activity. Visit the McBride Fire update for details.
Update from Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
(KTSM contributed to this report.)