South Fork Fire and Salt Fire continue to burn NM

The South Fork Fire and Salt Fire continue to burn in southern New Mexico.

Since starting on Monday, June 17, the wildfires have burned more than 20,000 acres with 0% containment, according to the Village of Ruidoso website. It also resulted in the loss of approximately 1,400 structures and forced the evacuation of approximately 8,000 people.

The Salt Fire makes a significant run toward Ruidoso Downs, posing an imminent threat. A mandatory evacuation is in effect, officials said.

The South Fork Fire is burning on Mescalero Tribal, US Forest Service lands and areas around Ruidoso. The Salt Fire is also active on the Mescalero Reservation. A complex incident management team is handling both fires, officials said.

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