| South Fork Fire, Salt Fire 2NM Fire Info Update

THE South Fork Fire and the Salt fire are burning Mescalero Tribe lands, US Forest Service lands and the Ruidoso area. Both fires are being handled by Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Complex incident management teams are in place.

South Fork Fire

Update: The South Fork Fire is currently estimated at 5,252 acres and zero percent containment. Fires are expected throughout the night due to winds and low relative humidity. Many structures are threatened and an unknown number of structures have been lost. 10 Hotshot Type-1 teams are on site or en route. Tomorrow the incident will be transferred to a complex incident management team.

The South Fork Fire was discovered at 9 a.m., Monday, June 17, 2024; it burns on Mescalero Tribe lands, U.S. Forest Service lands, and areas surrounding Ruidoso. Fire growth has been rapid and their behavior is extreme. Long range tracking and intense heat with plume dominance. The investigation is looking into the causes of the fire.

Weather report: 79 degrees with 11% humidity, southwest winds 30 mph / gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight: Low around 58. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph diminishing to 10-15 mph after midnight. Tomorrow: Sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Smoke: People sensitive to wildfire smoke should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health’s 5-3-1 visibility method to determine if it is safe to be outdoors. Learn more at https://nmtracking.doh.nm.gov/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom in on your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

Evacuations / Closures: The village of Ruidoso is undergoing mandatory evacuation. US 70 is closed from Mm. 249 (NM 244 intersection), 4 miles east of Mescalero, to Mm. 258, 2 miles east of Carrizo. The only available evacuation route is on Sudderth to Highway 70, leading to Roswell.

An evacuation center at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is available at 52 University Blvd, Roswell, NM 88203 gym. People with livestock and RVs can visit the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 2500 SE Main St, Roswell, NM 88203.

Community Resources: The Emergency Operations Center is now operational. For more information or assistance regarding the South Fork Fire or other emergencies, please call 575-258-6900.

Residents and visitors who wish to voluntarily evacuate can now seek shelter at Capitan High School, 519 Smokey Bear Blvd., Capitan, NM 88316. The Ruidoso Convention Center is no longer accepting evacuations and those who do will shelter in place if the status changes at the Convention Center.

Pets to Humane Society of Lincoln County: Address: 25962 US-70, Ruidoso, NM 88345

Evacuation of Mescaleros: The tribe’s evacuation center for reservation residents is located at the community center gymnasium.

Incident map URL: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/mapviewer/index.html?webmap=e2c6d99f914c44cbb18b75e73beef035

More information on shelters and evacuations can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/villageofruidoso

https://www.facebook.com/mescaleroapachetribe

Shelters:

Inn of the Mountain Gods, for tribal or non-tribal people —

287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Ruidoso, New Mexico

In Roswell:

ENMU-R Gymnasium

52 B, boulevard University

The Church on the move

901 W. Brasher

NMMI Godfrey Center

101 W. College

New Mexico Dream Center

2700 W. Second Street

ENM exhibition center

Motorhomes and large animals

2500 SE Main

Roswell Convention Center

900 N. Main

Roswell Aquatic Center

1500 W. College

Acres: 5,252 estimated

Start date/time: June 17, 2024; 9 a.m.

Cause: Under investigation

Location: Rio Ruidoso, west of the Upper Canyon area of ​​Ruidoso

Ownership: Tribal

Structural threat: Several structures threatened; unknown structures lost

Resources: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue, US Forest Service, multiple aviation assets, local resources, a complex incident management team is on order for Tuesday. June 18.

Containment: 0%

Fuels: Mix of conifers

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Salt fire

Location: Mescalero Reserve, Otero County, southwest Ruidoso

Size: 2,815 acres

Containment: 0%

Resources: BIA, Mescalero, US Forest Service, multiple aeronautical assets

Fire activity:Active

Evacuations: Evacuation orders will remain in effect overnight for: Chatto Bluff, Apache Summit, Fantasy Lane, homes along Highway 70 from Highway 244 to the Eastern Reservation Line, Bear Canyon and Snow Canyon.

Weather report: 79 degrees with 11% humidity, southwest winds at 30 km/h / gusts up to 40 km/h. Tonight: Low around 58. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph diminishing to 10-15 mph after midnight. Tomorrow: Sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

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