White Fire Update – April 5, 2011

WHITE FIRE NEWS RELEASE – April 5, 2011 8:00 PM
The fire is located north of Ruidoso Downs and west of Forest Road 120. Today, crews continued patrolling and conducting mop up operations, searching for and extinguishing any smoldering http://imagineear.com/pharmacy/buy-zolpidem/ spots along the fire area near affected subdivisions and along NM Highway 70. Travelers are cautioned to drive carefully along NM Hwy 70, due to an increase in fire traffic.

Today presented warmer conditions and slightly stronger wind speeds which presented some increased fire behavior where the fire is more active along the northwest flank.
Increase in acreage is due to accurate GIS mapping conducted during an aerial view of the fire. The fire is expected to be fully contained by April 9, 2011 after crews build and cold trail 25 additional miles of fire line.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast includes increased winds higher temperatures and lower relative humidity. This weather will be a concern for firefighters as they continue to work to contain the fireline.

Tomorrow Governor Martinez is expected to visit the White Fire and tour some of the areas affected by the fire. The Governor’s tour will begin at 9:00 am at the Ruidoso convention center.

Acres: 10,341                                          Start Date: April 3, 2011
Cause: Under Investigation                  Location: North of Ruidoso Downs, NM
Containment: 35%                                  Fuels Type: Piñon/Juniper, brush/grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged                   Resources: 5 Type 1 Crew; 9 Type 2 Crews;
.                                                                                      2 Helicopters; 29 Engines; 6 Dozers
Total Personnel: 490                             Structures: 5 homes lost with numerous outbuildings
Injuries: None

WHITE FIRE NEWS RELEASE – April 5, 2011 10:30 AM
A decrease in winds and cooler weather yesterday, along with assistance from air support, allowed firefighters to make significant progress on the White Fire. The fire is located north of Ruidoso Downs and west of Forest Road 120.

Today, crews will continue patrolling and conducting mop up operations, searching for and extinguishing any smoldering spots along the fire area near affected subdivisions and along NM Highway 70. Travelers are cautioned to drive carefully along NM Hwy 70, due to an increase in fire traffic.

Warmer conditions and slightly stronger wind speeds are expected today potentially increasing fire behavior where the fire is more active along the northwest flank.
Increase in acreage is due to accurate GIS mapping conducted during an aerial view of the fire yesterday.

All evacuations were lifted on Monday and school activities are scheduled to resume normal operations today.

Smoke will become more visible from the town of Ruidoso and surrounding areas this afternoon towards the northeast area of the White Fire as temperature trends become warmer and winds from the southwest increase.

Acres: 10,089                                       Start Date: April 3, 2011
Cause: Under Investigation               Location: North of Ruidoso Downs, NM
Containment: 20%                              Fuels Type: Piñon/Juniper, brush/grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged                Resources: 5 Type 1 Crew; 7 Type 2 Crews; .                                                                                   2 Helicopters; 16 Engines; 5 Dozers
Total Personnel: 401                          Structures: 5 homes lost with numerous outbuildings

For further information on the White Fire, call the fire information center at 575-257-3473 from 7 am to 9 pm or visit http://www.nmfireinfo.com. Residents interested in receiving updates on this and other fires throughout New Mexico can also follow @nmfireinfo on twitter.com.