Little Bear Fire – Ruidoso, NM

Little Bear Fire June 22, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Containment Increases to 75%

Summary: Hold and improve continue to be the watchwords for today. Very little fire movement was seen because of increased humidity. The burn out is complete around the Rio Bonito subdivision and Runnel’s Stables. Significant progress was made regarding mop up and rehabilitation throughout the entire fire. The public will continue to see smokes and flames within the interior of the fire. This activity will diminish over time. Release of excess resources continues thereby making these resources available for other assignments. Joe Reinarz’s Type 1 Incident Management team will transition with the Jay Northcott Pecos Zone Type 3 Incident Management team today. This will be the last update published by Joe Reinarz’s Type 1 Team. Future updates will be provided by the Jay Northcott Pecos Zone Type 3 team.

The Rio Bonito subdivision remains evacuated until further notice. Angus, Bonita Park, Ski Run Road, and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. All other subdivisions are open. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic and damaged roads.

The Village of Ruidoso wants everyone to know that, despite the fire activity, it is open for business. See the following websites: http://www.discoverruidoso.com/, http://www.ruidoso.net/, and http://www.ruidosonow.com/

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake

Shelters: Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: www.wffoundation.org, and www.redcrossnewmexico.org.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildlandfires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 43,232 acres
Containment: 75 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 844; crews: 7 Type 1, 10 Type 2; engines: 50; helicopters: 3 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 5; water tenders: 12
Today’s weather: 70-85 degrees, relative humidity 25-35%, wind SSE 8-12 mph gusts 22 to 30 mph
Total Injuries to Date: 5
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) west from the softball complex near NM 48 junction, and Forest Road 107 are open to residents only

Area Closures: Portions of the Smokey Bear Ranger District are now open. The southern portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District closed during the fire is now open. The area south of the Ski Run Road and on both sides of Highway 70 from Ruidoso to the forest boundary near Glencoe is now open for use. This includes areas known as Cedar Creek, Gavilan Ridge, Little Creek, Eagle Creek, Devil’s Canyon and Hale Lake.

Area closures include:

· All access to the Bonito Recreation Corridor off of FS Road 107 and 108 which includes established and dispersed campgrounds, hiking trails and trail heads.

· All access off of Hwy 532 (Ski Run Road) which includes Monjeau Lookout Road, Spring Canyon Trailhead, Eagle Creek FS Road 127A, Oakgrove Campground, and Buck Mountain.

· Three Rivers Campground and Trail 44 off of Hwy 54.

For additional details about closures, contact the Smokey Bear Ranger District at 575-257-4095.

 


Little Bear Fire June 21, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Hold and Improve

Hold and improve were the watchwords of the day. Joe Reinarz’s Type 1 Incident Management team will transition with the Pecos Zone Type 3 Incident Management team on Friday.

Summary: Very little fire movement was seen today because of increased humidity. The burn out is complete around the Rio Bonito subdivision and Runnel’s Stables. Significant progress was made regarding mop up and rehabilitation throughout the entire fire. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

Angus, Bonita Park, Ski Run Road, and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. All other subdivisions are open. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic and damaged roads.

The Village of Ruidoso wants everyone to know that, despite the fire activity, it is open for business. See the following websites: http://www.discoverruidoso.com/,http://www.ruidoso.net/, and http://www.ruidosonow.com/

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake

Shelters: Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: www.wffoundation.org, and www.redcrossnewmexico.org.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildlandfires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 42,980 acres
Containment: 75 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 844; crews: 7 Type 1, 10 Type 2; engines: 50; helicopters: 3 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 5; water tenders: 12
Today’s weather: 72-84 degrees, relative humidity 30-35%, wind S 18-22 mph gusting to 35 mph
Total Injuries to Date: 5
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) west from the softball complex near NM 48 junction, and Forest Road 107 are open to residents only

Area Closures: Portions of the Smokey Bear Ranger District to re-open. The southern portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District closed during the fire is now open. The area south of the Ski Run Road and on both sides of Highway 70 from Ruidoso to the forest boundary near Glencoe is now open for use. This includes areas known as

Cedar Creek, Gavilan Ridge, Little Creek, Eagle Creek, Devil’s Canyon and Hale Lake

Area closures include:

– All access to the Bonito Recreation Corridor off of FS Road 107 and 108 which includes established and dispersed campgrounds, hiking trails and trail heads.

– All access off of Hwy 532 (Ski Run Road) which includes Monjeau Lookout Road, Spring Canyon Trailhead, Eagle Creek FS Road 127A, Oakgrove Campground, and Buck Mountain.

– Three Rivers Campground and Trail 44 off of Hwy 54.

For additional details about closures, contact the Smokey Bear Ranger District at 575-257-4095.

 


Little Bear Fire June 21, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Public Concerned about Flare Ups as Fire Winds Down

Summary: Crews continue to hold and improve the edge of the black line on the northwest side today, while helicopters ignite additional backing fires where necessary. Fire will be less active today due to increased humidity and cloud cover. There is a 30% chance of thunderstorms with locally heavy rain and lightning this afternoon. Burnout of fuel around the Runnels Stables subdivision is nearly complete. Activity on the remainder of the fire will consist of patrol and mop up, and rehabilitation of containment lines in all divisions. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

All subdivisions are now open. Angus, Bonita Park, Ski Run Road, and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic and damaged roads.

The Village of Ruidoso wants everyone to know that, despite the fire activity, it is open for business. See the following websites: http://www.discoverruidoso.com/, http://www.ruidoso.net/, and http://www.ruidosonow.com/

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake

Shelters: Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 42,995 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel:894; crews: 8 Type 1, 10 Type 2; engines: 57; helicopters: 4 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 4; water tenders: 14
Today’s weather: 72-84 degrees, relative humidity 30-35%, wind S 18-22 mph gusting to 35 mph
Total Injuries to Date: 5
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) west from the softball complex near NM 48 junction, and Forest Road 107 are open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

Numerous telephone calls were received yesterday from local residents and visitors who were reporting active fire and smoke. We appreciate the public’s vigilance, but want to point out that this is still an active fire, and interior fuels will continue to flare up. We can expect to see flare ups of interior fuels for weeks to come, until wetting rains extinguish all burning fuels. The perimeter of the fire is fully staffed and firefighters are ready to extinguish any blazes detected by aerial monitoring which threaten to escape containment.


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Little Bear Fire June 20, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Firefighters Near Completion of Burnout

Summary: Crews mopped up and held the edge of the black line today, as helicopters ignited additional backing fires within the burnout area. At least 70% of the area within the burnout perimeter has now been burned. Fire was active in the burnout, producing smoke columns from torching and consumption of heavy fuels. Unstable atmosphere will readily disperse smoke tonight, and chance of heavy smoke settling on any community is minimal. Burnout of fuel around the Runnels Stables subdivision is nearly complete. Activity on the remainder of the fire consisted of patrol and mop up, and rehabilitation of dozer lines in all divisions. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

A large volume of telephone calls was received today from local residents and visitors who were reporting active fire and smoke. We appreciate the public’s vigilance, but want to point out that this is still an active fire, and interior fuels will continue to flare up, especially with the high temperatures and low humidities we have been experiencing. We can expect to see flare ups of interior fuels for weeks to come, until wetting rains extinguish all burning fuels.

All subdivisions are now open. Angus, Bonita Park, Ski Run Road, and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic and damaged roads.

The Village of Ruidoso wants everyone to know that, despite the fire activity, it is open for business. See the following websites: http://www.discoverruidoso.com/, http://www.ruidoso.net/, and http://www.ruidosonow.com/

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake

Shelters: Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 41,706 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 894; crews: 8 Type 1, 10 Type 2; engines: 57; helicopters: 4 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 4; water tenders: 14
Today’s weather: 88 degrees, relative humidity 6%, wind NNE 7 mph gusting to 18 mph
Total Injuries to Date: 5
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) west from the softball complex near NM 48 junction, and Forest Road 107 are open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area

 


Little Bear Fire June 20, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Firefighters Begin to Wrap Up Burnout

Summary: Black line is now in place from north of Runnels Stables west and south to White Horse Hill in the White Mountain Wilderness. Crews will mop up and hold the edge of the black line today, as helicopters ignite additional backing fires within the burnout area. Fire will be active in the burnout, producing smoke columns from torching and consumption of heavy fuels. Unstable atmosphere will readily disperse smoke, and chance of smoke settling on any community is minimal. Burnout of fuel around the Runnels Stables subdivision should be complete today. Activity on the remainder of the fire will consist of patrol and mop up, and rehabilitation of dozer lines in all divisions. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

All subdivisions are now open. Angus, Bonita Park, Ski Run Road, and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic and damaged roads.

The Village of Ruidoso wants everyone to know that, despite the fire activity, it is open for business. See the following websites: http://www.discoverruidoso.com/,http://www.ruidoso.net/, and http://www.ruidosonow.com/

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake

Shelters: Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

The firefighting organization is humbled by the tremendous outpouring of gratitude and support from the community. The following excerpt from the June 18 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press is a succinct summary of the community’s feelings.

Lincoln County survived the Little Bear Fire with no loss of human life. ICP will pack up, leave a small footprint behind and move on to another fire, in another place. The county will regroup and rebuild because more than a thousand of the country’s finest took time from their lives to become a part of Lincoln County. ”

Read more: Ruidoso Free Press – Faces of the fire the country’s finest at work

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 41,718 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 935; crews: 8 Type 1, 11 Type 2; engines: 57; helicopters: 4 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 3; water tenders: 15
Today’s weather: 75-88 degrees, relative humidity 12-15%, wind NNW 8-15 mph gusting to 25 mph
Total Injuries to Date: 5
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) west from the softball complex near NM 48 junction, and Forest Road 107 are open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 19, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Firefighters Complete Black Line as Planned

Summary: The burnout operation on the west side of the fire is proving to be a very successful strategy. Black line is now in place from north of Runnels Stables west and south to White Horse Hill in the White Mountain Wilderness. Fuels were ignited along the containment line by ground forces, and aerial ignition was used to put backing fire on every ridge within the burnout area. Crews will continue to deepen the black line perimeter tomorrow. Helicopters will be used to ignite additional backing fires in unburned areas. Fire was more active, as expected, producing voluminous smoke this afternoon. Transport winds tomorrow are predicted to be light from the north-northwest. Unstable atmosphere will readily disperse smoke, and chance of smoke settling on any community is minimal. Activity on the remainder of the fire consisted of patrol and mop up, and rehabilitation of dozer lines in all divisions. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic and damaged roads.

The Village of Ruidoso wants everyone to know that, despite the fire activity, it is open for business. See the following websites: http://www.discoverruidoso.com/,http://www.ruidoso.net/, and http://www.ruidosonow.com/

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; Angus and Bonita Park

Shelters: Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 39,431 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 935; crews: 8 Type 1, 11 Type 2; engines: 57; helicopters: 5 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 3; water tenders: 15
Today’s weather: 82 degrees, relative humidity 10%, wind WSW 15 mph gusting to 25 mph
Total Injuries to Date: 5
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at the softball complex near NM 48 junction is open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

Just another day in the life of a firefighter

An operations section chief working the Little Bear Fire spent his birthday away from his family, in fire camp. This is not particularly unusual, but wait until you hear the rest of the story. He and his wife are both avid hunters, and between the two, have applied a total of twenty times for a “once-in-a-lifetime” bison hunt on the Kaibab National Forest, north of the Grand Canyon National Park. Finally, the wife drew one of the licenses, which cost $1,000. The couple spent nearly a month camped in a wall tent, searching for the big “shaggies,” to no avail. Unfortunately, the bison were staying within the Park boundaries, protected from hunters. Before the season ended, the operations section chief was called to the fire, and had to leave his wife to fend for herself on the remainder of the hunt. After he left, the bison moved onto the National Forest, but his wife was the only one of thirteen hunters who did not fill her tag. She feels she would have had a much better chance had he been able to accompany her. Even more important than the cost of the license and the disappointment, the couple did not have the opportunity to share an experience which may never come around again.

While often disappointing, these missed events “come with the territory,” and are taken in stride by firefighters for the benefit of others.

 


Little Bear Fire June 19, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Firefighters Continue Burnout Operation Today

Summary: Crews began burning out fuel inside the containment line north and west of Rio Bonito subdivision yesterday. Black line is now in place as far south as Argentina Spring. Crews plan to finish black lining today, tying in with containment line near White Horse Hill. Fuels will be ignited by both ground and aerial ignition. The burnout is low intensity fire intended to consume understory vegetation, robbing the fire of fuel. Fire is expected to be more active, with more visible smoke this afternoon, as a drying trend continues. Burnout will continue for a few more days within the White Mountain Wilderness, depending on weather. Activity on the remainder of the fire will consist of patrol and mop up, and rehabilitation in all divisions. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic and damaged roads.

The Village of Ruidoso wants everyone to know that, despite the fire activity, it is open for business. See the following websites: http://www.discoverruidoso.com/,http://www.ruidoso.net/, and http://www.ruidosonow.com/

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; Angus and Bonita Park

Shelters: Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 39,458 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 981; crews: 9 Type 1, 11 Type 2; engines: 60; helicopters: 4 Type 1; 2 Type 2; 2 Type 3; dozers: 2; water tenders: 15
Today’s weather: 76-90 degrees, relative humidity 7-13%, wind WSW 17-23 mph gusting to 30 mph
Injuries: 5
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at the softball complex near NM 48 junction is open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area

 


Little Bear Fire June 18, 2012 – 9 p.m.
Firefighters Begin Burnout Operations Today

Summary: Crews began burning out fuel inside the containment line north and west of Rio Bonito subdivision today. Black line is now in place as far south as Argentine Springs. Night crews will continue to bring fire south, hoping to reach a check line near Spring Point. Fuels were ignited today by both ground and aerial ignition. The burnout is low intensity fire intended to consume understory vegetation, robbing the fire of fuel. A moderate amount of smoke was visible this afternoon. Smoke will likely also be visible tomorrow, as a drying trend continues. Burnout will continue for a few more days within the White Mountain Wilderness, depending on weather. Activity on the remainder of the fire consisted of patrol and mop up, with good progress on rehabilitation in all divisions. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic and damaged roads.

The Village of Ruidoso wants everyone to know that, despite the fire activity, it is open for business. See the following websites: http://www.discoverruidoso.com/, http://www.ruidoso.net/, and http://www.ruidosonow.com/

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; Angus and Bonita Park

Shelters: Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 38,602 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 981; crews: 9 Type 1, 11 Type 2; engines: 60; helicopters: 5 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 2; water tenders: 15
Today’s weather: 89 degrees, relative humidity 8%, wind WNW 13 mph gusting to 32 mph
Injuries: 5
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at the softball complex near NM 48 junction is open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

Just another day in the life of a firefighter

 Around midday a firefighter found an injured, abandoned kitten in Division F (Foxtrot) on the northeast side of the fire. The firefighter bandaged the orange tiger kitten’s injured hind leg and brought it to the information shop. It was fed some roast beef and string cheese from a sack lunch, and a mixture of milk and water, which seemed to revive him (her). The cat, named “Foxtrot” by the information officers, was taken to the animal shelter in Ruidoso, and has already been adopted.

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact: http://www.adoptnmpet.com/

 


Little Bear Fire June 18, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Firefighters Begin Burnout Operation Today

Crews will begin burning out fuel inside the containment line north and west of Rio Bonito subdivision today. Burning will be accomplished by both ground and aerial ignition. The burnout is low intensity fire intended to consume understory vegetation, robbing the fire of fuel. Burnout has been employed on this fire with great success. This operation will create a large volume of smoke this afternoon into late evening. Smoke will likely drift to the southeast. Burnout will continue for several days within the White Mountain Wilderness. Activity on the remainder of the fire will consist of patrol, mop up, and chipping of slash. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic, and wet or damaged roads as a result of yesterday’s storms.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; Angus and Bonita Park

Shelters: Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 38,116 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,136; crews: 10 Type 1, 15 Type 2; engines: 78; helicopters: 5 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 2; water tenders: 19
Today’s weather: 76-89 degrees, relative humidity 9-15%, wind WNW 20-25 mph gusts to 35 mph
Injuries: 4
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski RunRoad) from NM 48 junction to Forest Road 127A is open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 17, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Firefighters Take Advantage of Weather to Increase Containment

Summary: Crews continued to improve containment line on the west side in preparation for the planned burnout; a low intensity fire intended to consume understory vegetation, robbing the fire of fuel. Access is very difficult due to steep and rocky terrain in the White Mountain Wilderness. Consequently, helicopters were used to ferry firefighters and supplies to the fireline. Chipping has been completed on the northside. Activity on the remainder of the fire consisted of patrol, mop up, and chipping of slash. Yesterday’s storms wet fuels enough to delay rehabilitation of dozer lines on the east flank. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic, and wet or damaged roads as a result of yesterday’s storms.

Meetings: Daily community meetings are no longer scheduled. Additional meetings will be announced on an as needed basis.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; Angus and Bonita Park

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road closed tonight at 7:00 p.m.. Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Just another day in the life of a firefighter

Sometime ago the family of a firefighter with the Maricopa, AZ fire department purchased tickets for an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game as an early Father’s Day present. The firefighter and his family were anxiously awaiting the Father’s Day game, which promised to be a memorable family outing. When the firefighter received the call to respond to the Little Bear Fire, he seriously considered turning down the assignment, knowing full well that if he accepted he would miss the game. In the end, his sense of duty won, and he reported to the fire.

While often disappointing, these missed events “come with the territory,” and are taken in stride by firefighters for the benefit of others.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 38,116 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,136; crews: 10 Type 1, 15 Type 2; engines: 78; helicopters: 7 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 2; water tenders: 19
Today’s weather: 75 degrees, relative humidity 25%, wind W 12 mph gusting to 24 mph
Injuries: 4
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski RunRoad) from NM 48 junction to Forest Road 127A is open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 17, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Firefighters Take Advantage of Weather to Increase Containment

Summary: Crews will continue to improve containment line on the west side in preparation for the planned burnout. Activity on the remainder of the fire will consist predominantly of patrol, mop up, and chipping of slash. Yesterday’s storms caused a heavy leaf fall from burned aspen, adding new fuel to previously burned areas. Firefighters will be vigilant for possible reburns. As light fuels dry this afternoon, more smoke will become visible. Assessment of needs for containment line rehabilitation has begun. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.

All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic, and wet or damaged roads as a result of this afternoon’s storms.

Meetings: Daily community meetings are no longer scheduled. Additional meetings will be announced on an as needed basis.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; Angus and Bonita Park

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road. Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

Due to the ash and fire debris created by the Little Bear Fire, the risk of flash flooding is increased. The areas adjacent to Rio Ruidoso, Rio Hondo, Eagle Creek, Nogal, and Rio Bonito are historically prone to flash floods from rain in upstream drainages. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq.

A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 38,133 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,318; crews: 10 Type 1, 21 Type 2; engines: 94; helicopters: 7 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 2; water tenders: 20
Today’s weather: 70 degrees, relative humidity 20-30%, wind WSW 12-17 mph gusting to 30 mph with 20% chance of thunderstorms over the fire
Injuries: 3
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski RunRoad) from NM 48 junction to Forest Road 127A is open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 16, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Rain Falls on The Little Bear Fire

Summary: Afternoon thunder storms forced firefighters off the line this afternoon, and flood warnings were issued across Lincoln County. Precipitation on the fire ranged from a .1 inch to .75 inch. Crews accomplished some line preparation on the northwest side prior to the rain, while firefighters chipped woody material on the north side. Patrol and mop up continued around the remainder of the fire until crews were shuttled to safety ahead of the storm. Release of excess resources has begun, making these resources available for other assignments.

The damage assessment team was able to access more of the burn area in the last two days, and has confirmed the destruction of twenty more structures, bringing the total to 254.

All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic, and wet or damaged roads as a result of this afternoon’s storms.

Meetings: Daily community meetings are no longer scheduled. Additional meetings will be announced on an as needed basis.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; Angus and Bonita Park

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org , and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/ , or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/. (photos).

Due to the ash and fire debris created by the Little Bear Fire, the risk of flash flooding is increased. The areas adjacent to Rio Ruidoso, Rio Hondo, Eagle Creek, Nogal, and Rio Bonito are historically prone to flash floods from rain in upstream drainages. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weathe.gov/abq. A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.

Just another day in the life of a firefighter:

Firefighters are dedicated to using their skills to manage fire whenever and wherever called. Most firefighters have made small sacrifices while working on fire. On the Little Bear fire, a Safety Officer and devoted family man missed the high school graduation of his youngest son. The graduation was to be followed by a long anticipated family camping trip.

While often disappointing, these missed events “come with the territory,” and are taken in stride by firefighters for the benefit of others.

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 38,133 acres
Containment: 60 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,318; crews: 10 Type 1, 21 Type 2; engines: 94; helicopters: 8 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 2; water tenders: 20
Today’s weather: 70 degrees, relative humidity 32%, wind SSE 10-20 mph gusting to 28 mph
Injuries: 3
Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski RunRoad) from NM 48 junction to Forest Road 127A is open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 16, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Firefighters Keep Eye on Weather as Clouds Build

Summary: Cool, cloudy weather and higher humidity present the first real chance of rain since the beginning of the Little Bear Fire. Firefighters will remain vigilant for flash flooding in canyons on the fire today. Interior islands of unburned fuel will smolder today, creating very little smoke. Crews will be improving containment line on the west side. Patrol and mop up continue around the remainder of the fire.

All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic.

Meetings: A community meeting will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 7:00 p.m. A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; Angus and Bonita Park.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 38,144 acres
Containment: 51 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,425; crews: 12 Type 1, 23 Type 2; engines: 85; helicopters: 6 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 13; water tenders: 19
Today’s Weather: 70-80 degrees, relative humidity 30-40%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 35 mph
Injuries: 3
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) from NM 48 junction to Forest Road 127A is open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 15, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Subdivisions Reopen as Firefighters Corral the Little Bear Fire

Summary: Interior islands of previously unburned fuel continued to flare up on the west side, creating considerable smoke. An island of unburned fuel near Oak Grove Campground on the south side was consumed today, creating smoke visible from Ruidoso. Indirect line construction on the northwest flank was completed, with support from helicopter water drops, in preparation for a burnout operation as soon as conditions permit. Patrol and mop up continued on north, east, and sides of the fire.

At approximately 1:00 p.m. the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced that all subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic.

Meetings: A community meeting was conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 7:00 p.m. A community meeting was also conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first. Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: http://www.wffoundation.org/, and http://www.redcrossnewmexico.org/.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161. Additional websites for accurate fire information are Facebook.com/LittleBearFireNM, Twitter.com/T1SWIMT, Flickr.com.photos.lincolnnationalforest (maps), and Flickr.com/photos/wildland-fires-2012/ (photos).

The firefighters on this incident very much appreciate the tremendous outpouring of support from Ruidoso and surrounding communities. As a token of this appreciation, we would like to share an account of one firefighter’s unselfish act to help a community member.

On June 9 the acting Fire Management Officer (FMO) for the Smokey Bear Ranger District was driving in the Loma Grande Estates when he was flagged down by a frightened driver. She informed the FMO that she and her husband were evacuating their home when her husband, driving a separate vehicle, returned to the home to retrieve his dogs. The FMO quickly drove towards the advancing flames, repeatedly blowing the horn. Just as he was turning around to leave, the husband ran out of the house, which was already engulfed, and jumped into the FMO’s truck. The FMO and his passenger escaped unscathed, although the tail lights of the truck were melted!

This is just one example of the courage, unselfish dedication, and sense of duty of members of the firefighting service.

Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 37,961 acres
Containment: 51 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,425; crews: 12 Type 1, 23 Type 2; engines: 85; helicopters: 9 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 13; water tenders: 19
Injuries: 2 (heat related illness)
Today’s Weather: 78 degrees, relative humidity 16%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 40 mph
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)
Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) from NM 48 junction to Forest Road 127A is open to residents only

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 15, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Firefighters Continue to Persevere

Summary: Once again, very active fire behavior is expected today. Fortunately, firefighters have been successfully building containment lines and cooling off the fire front. The primary duty for most firefighters on the south, east and north sides of the fire is patrol and mop up today. Interior islands of previously unburned fuel will continue to flare up, creating considerable smoke. Indirect line construction continues on the west and northwest flanks, with support from helicopter water drops. Line improvement will continue on the west side in preparation for a burnout operation as soon as conditions permit. On the northeastern flank, a burnout along Grapevine Canyon was completed last night.

Re-entry into some neighborhoods has begun, and residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic. Today, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will continue notifying owners of homes in burned over areas of the status of their property. Owners of property within the subdivisions of Enchanted Forest, Peebles Road area, Wapiti Way, and Valley Heights are asked to come to the Lincoln County Annex, 115 Kansas City Drive, Ruidoso between 7:00 a.m. and noon. Residents of evacuated neighborhoods may call (575) 258-4636 for status information.

Meetings: A community meeting will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at at 7:00 p.m. A community meeting well also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Copper Canyon, Loma Grande, Eagle Lakes Campground, and Eagle Creek summer homes. Evacuees may contact either Alto (336-4341) or Nogal ( 354-2548) post offices for mail pick up.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9814 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161.

Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 37,982 acres
Containment: 45 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,449; crews: 12 Type 1, 25 Type 2; engines: 85; helicopters: 7 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 16; water tenders: 23
Injuries: 2 (heat related illness)
Today’s Weather: 78-88 degrees, relative humidity 5-15%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 35 mph
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at NM 48 junction, east and west; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8 North and south. NM 48 has been reopened for through traffic.

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 14, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Firefighters Continue to Increase Containment

Summary: Weather conditions combined with very low fuel moisture created very active fire behavior today. Slope driven runs and group tree torching were observed in interior islands of previously unburned fuel. Indirect line construction continued on the north and west flanks, with support from helicopter water drops. Line improvement will continue tomorrow on the west side in preparation for a burnout operation as soon as conditions permit. On the north side of the fire, direct and indirect line construction was completed. On the northeastern flank, a burnout is in progress along Grapevine Canyon, and will be finished this evening. Patrol and mop up will continue on the east and southeastern perimeters.

Re-entry into some neighborhoods has begun, and residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic. Tomorrow, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will continue notifying owners of homes in burned over areas of the status of their property. Owners of property within the subdivisions of Enchanted Forest, Peebles Road area, Wapiti Way, and Valley Heights are asked to come to the Lincoln County Annex, 115 Kansas City Drive, Ruidoso between 7:00 a.m. and noon on June 15, 2012.

Meetings: Community meetings were conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 4:30 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. A community meeting was also conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Copper Canyon, Loma Grande, Eagle Lakes Campground, and Eagle Creek summer homes. Evacuees may contact either Alto (336-4341) or Nogal ( 354-2548) post offices for mail pick up.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9814 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/ or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161.

Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 37,885 acres
Containment: 45 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,449; crews: 12 Type 1, 25 Type 2; engines: 85; helicopters: 9 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 16; water tenders: 23
Injuries: 2 (heat related illness)
Today’s Weather: 84 degrees, relative humidity 9%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 30 mph
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at NM 48 junction, east and west; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8 North and south. NM 48 has been reopened for through traffic.

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 14, 2012 – 9 a.m.
More Active Fire Behavior Expected Today Due to Dry Sunny Weather

Summary: Sunny, dry weather today will result in more active fire behavior and an increase in visible smoke. Crews finished burnout on the south side last night and will be doing heavy mop up today. On the west side indirect line will be constructed, with aircraft support if necessary. Indirect line will be constructed on the northwest from Forest Road 108 to the Crest Trail. Structure protection will be in place along Forest Road 108, and on the north side of the fire, direct line construction, patrol and mop up continues. On the northeastern flank, containment lines are in place for a burnout if weather permits. Patrol and mop up will continue on the east and southeastern perimeters.

Re-entry into some neighborhoods has begun, and residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic.

Meetings: Community meetings will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 4:30 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

Lincoln County Commissioner Jackie Powell will conduct a brief meeting regarding the possibilities of flooding and damage in the Valley after the Little Bear fire. The meeting will be conducted at Hondo School on Highway 70, Hondo, NM at 6:30 p.m. today.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sonterra 1 and 2, Copper Canyon, Loma Grande, Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Sun Valley and La Junta. Sonterra 3, Cap Rock Court, and Pine Hill Loop are reopened for residents. This list may not be all inclusive. Evacuees may contact either Alto (336-4341) or Nogal ( 354-2548) post offices to arrange for mail pick up.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to the fairgrounds in Capitan, Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788 or 575-491-7553), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Carrizozo (575-808-2814), Lincoln County animal shelter in Ruidoso (575-257-9814 or 575-963-6745), DVM Faris in Ruidoso (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), and Don Harfield with the New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758)

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line @ (877)304-4161.

Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 37,912 acres
Containment: 40 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,339; crews: 10 Type 1, 24 Type 2; engines: 74; helicopters: 6 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 6; water tenders: 22
Injuries: 2 (heat related illness)
Today’s Weather: 75-86 degrees, relative humidity 5-10%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 35 mph
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8 North and south. NM 48 has been reopened for through traffic.

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.


Little Bear Fire June 13, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Firefighters Turn the Corner on Fire

Summary: Firefighters continue to make steady progress, and are focusing efforts on the northwest flank of the fire. With the assistance of retardant drops, crews will build hand line to contain the active fire front. On the north side, crews will build direct line and prepare the road in Nogal Canyon for a burnout operation today or tomorrow. The east and southeast sides of the fire are relatively quiet, and patrol and mop up will be the order of the day. On the south side, firefighters will bring fire west along NM 532. Around the ski area crews will fell snags which pose a safety hazard to firefighters engaged in mop up.

The director of Ski Apache stated that although there is some damage to the ski area, it will be open this coming winter.

A special team has been ordered to assist with planning for re-entry after the fire is contained and conditions are safe for the public.

Meetings: Community meetings will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 4:30 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

Lincoln County Commissioner Jackie Powell will conduct a brief meeting regarding the possibilities of flooding and damage in the Valley after the Little Bear fire. The meeting will be conducted at Hondo School on Highway 70, Hondo, NM at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sonterra (1, 2 and 3), Copper Canyon, and Loma Grande; Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Ski Run Road (State Highway 532) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to US 380 and Ski Apache. This list may not be all inclusive. Evacuees may contact either Alto (336-4341) or Nogal ( 354-2548) post offices to arrange for mail pick up.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to the fairgrounds in Capitan, Pet Paradise in La Luz, Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788 or 575-491-7553), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Carrizozo (575-808-2814), Lincoln County animal shelter in Ruidoso (575-257-9814 or 575-963-6745), DVM Faris in Ruidoso (575-257-4027), and Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056)

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/

Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 37,520 acres
Containment: 35 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,170; crews: 10 Type 1, 18 Type 2; engines: 74; helicopters: 7 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 12; water tenders: 18
Today’s Weather: 84 degrees, relative humidity 8-18%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 30 mph
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west; NM 48 from Ruidoso to mile Marker 15, north and south; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8, north and south

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area

 


Little Bear Fire June 12, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Damage Assessment Substantially Complete

Summary:Prior to yesterday, June 11, 2012, conditions within the fire area were unsafe for entry to perform damage assessment. The damage assessment team, composed of New Mexico State and Lincoln County emergency management personnel, and Southwest Area Incident Management Team members entered portions of the burned area yesterday, and report that 224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings were destroyed. The assessment is substantially complete. The initial reported loss of 35 structures was based on preliminary information which was incomplete.

The southwest side of the fire was the most active today, with fire aggressively backing downhill in light fuels. The Very Large Air Tanker was utilized to make one drop on this front, effectively cooling it off so firefighters could take direct action. Around the ski area, crews mopped up and removed hazard trees. One small spot fire was detected on the Mescalero Reservation, which was quickly contained and suppressed.

On the south side, some burnout was accomplished around the switchbacks on NM 532. This operation will continue tomorrow. West of Alto, crews brought fire down along the containment line to tie in with Eagle Creek drainage. Mop up and patrol was in place along the east side, and on the north side crews prepared dozer line into Nogal Canyon. Structure protection, mop up and line improvement continued on the northwest flank.

Meetings: Community meetings will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 4:30 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

Lincoln County Commissioner Jackie Powell will conduct a brief meeting regarding the possibilities of flooding and damage in the Valley after the Little Bear fire. The meeting will be conducted at Hondo School on Highway 70, Hondo, NM at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sonterra (1, 2 and 3), Copper Canyon, and Loma Grande; Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Ski Run Road (State Highway 532) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to Highway 380 and Ski Apache. This list may not be all inclusive. Evacuees may contact either Alto (336-4341) or Nogal ( 354-2548) post offices to arrange for mail pick up.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan.

Pets and livestock may be taken to the fairgrounds in Capitan, Pet Paradise in La Luz, Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788 or 575-491-7553), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Carrizozo (575-808-2814), Lincoln County animal shelter in Ruidoso (575-257-9814 or 575-963-6745), DVM Faris in Ruidoso (575-257-4027), and Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056)

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at:

https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh alerts/

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 36,237 acres
Containment: 35 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,170; crews: 10 Type 1, 18 Type 2; engines: 74; helicopters: 8 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 12; water tenders: 18
Today’s Weather: 85 degrees, relative humidity 12%, wind SE 11 mph gusting to 25 mph
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west; NM 48 from Ruidoso to mile marker 15, north and south; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8, north and south

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area

 


Little Bear Fire June 12, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Firefighters Build on Yesterday’s Accomplishments

Summary: Yesterday’s break in the weather allowed firefighters to make significant progress. However, firefighters are not lulled into complacency, because the fire is still active and there is strong potential for extreme fire behavior. Crews will use yesterday’s progress as a basis for continued progress today.

Today, crews will continue working on the west end of the fire, using and improving the trail network as containment line. On the northwest flank, firefighters will protect structures, and continue building line into Nogal Canyon. On the north end crews will hold and improve fireline west from NM 37, while assessing preparation work along the dozer line for possible burnout. On the east and southeast sides firefighters will patrol and mop up along the completed dozer line. Along the southern flank line crews will continue line preparation along NM 532, moving west and burning out as they go. On the southwest corner firefighters will continue contingency line construction and burnout to the line.

The Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT), staged in Phoenix, AZ, is available if needed. The VLAT is a DC-10 with a capacity of approximately 12,000 gallons. Helicopters will work out of Sierra Blanca airport.

Community meetings will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 4:30 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. today.

A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

A community meeting will be conducted on the Mescalero Apache Reservation at 6 p.m., at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

A press conference with Governor Martinez, state and local officials and partners, and representatives of the Incident Management Team will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. at Fire Station No. 2, 606 White Mountain Road, Ruidoso.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sonterra (1, 2 and 3), Copper Canyon, and Loma Grande; Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Ski Run Road (State Highway 532) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to Highway 380 and Ski Apache. This list may not be all inclusive. Evacuees may pick up their mail at the Alto post office.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to the fairgrounds in Capitan, and Pet Paradise in La Luz.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at:

http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/documents/Health Effects Smoke 06152010.pdf

Start Time/Date Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 36,242 acres
Containment: 30 %

Resources Committed: Personnel: 979; crews: 9 Type 1, 15 Type 2; engines: 53; helicopters: 8 Type 1, 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 12; water tenders: 9 Today’s Weather: 71 degrees, relative humidity 16%, wind SSE switching to SSW 11 mph gusting to 25 mph Structures destroyed: 35

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west; NM 48 from Ruidoso to mile marker 15, north and south; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8, north and south.

Area Closures The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of NM 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 11, 2012 – 9 p.m.
Firefighters Take Advantage of Favorable Conditions to Make Substantial Progress

Summary: Higher humidity and lower wind speeds, combined with the arrival of additional personnel and equipment provided an opportunity to make good progress today. Direct line was constructed around the Ski Apache Resort and Eagle Lake area.

Crews secured line on the northeast flank into Nogal Canyon. On the eastern edge, approximately 25 miles of dozer line is now in place, and crews mopped up and protected structures. On the southeastern flank, dozer line was improved and tied in with NM 532.

Planned burnouts went well. A contingency line was constructed south of and parallel to NM 532.

Twenty five loads of retardant were dropped on the fire by air tankers, and helicopters dropped water all day long. The Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT), staged in Phoenix, AZ, is available if needed. The VLAT is a DC-10 with a capacity of approximately 12,000 gallons. This is equivalent to four P-3 Orion tankers. The VLAT flies at 500 mph, and has 3 tanks, allowing it to split the load for more precise placement. Cost is commensurate with conventional tankers. This aircraft is, however, just another tool available to firefighters, and not the best choice on every occasion. It is less maneuverable than conventional tankers, and requires a specially qualified lead plane to orchestrate retardant drops.

Community meetings will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 4:30 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

A community meeting will be conducted on the Mescalero Apache Reservation at 6 p.m., at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

A press conference with Governor Martinez, state and local officials and partners, and representatives of the Incident Management Team will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow at Fire Station No. 2, 606 White Mountain Road, Ruidoso.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sonterra (1, 2 and 3), Copper Canyon, and Loma Grande; Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Ski Run Road (State Highway 532) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to Highway 380 and Ski Apache. This list may not be all inclusive.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to J Bar J Country Church in Ruidoso, or the fairgrounds in Capitan.

The damage assessment team began work today to determine the number and condition of structures within the burned area.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at:

http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/documents/Health Effects Smoke 06152010.pdf

Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightnin
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pin
Size: approx. 34,651 acres
Containment: 30 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 979; crews: 9 Type 1, 15 Type 2; engines: 53; helicopters: 8 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 12; water tenders: 9
Today’s Weather: 76 degrees, relative humidity 13%, wind SSW 12 mph gusting to 18 mph
Structures destroyed: 35 (damage assessment began today)

Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west; NM 48 from Ruidoso to mile marker 15, north and south; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8, north and south.

Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of NM 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.

 


Little Bear Fire June 11, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Additional Resources and Break in Weather Provide Opportunity For Progress

Summary:  Higher humidity and lower wind speeds, combined with the arrival of additional personnel and equipment provide an opportunity to make progress today. Firefighters plan to hold and improve line around the ski area, and build line north along the western front. Crews will continue to improve direct line on the north, while building indirect line into Nogal Canyon. On the eastern edge, containment line is in place, but crews will be mopping up and protecting structures. On the southeastern flank, dozer line will be improved, and along NM 532, line preparation and burnout is planned. Dozer line construction continues around Eagle Lake toward Sierra Blanca Peak.

Community meetings will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road

at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.

A community meeting will be conducted on the Mescalero Apache Reservation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, in the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Start Time/Date Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause:Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size:approx. 34,561 acres
Containment: 0 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 429, crews: 8 Type 1, 1 Type 2; engines: 47; helicopters: 4 Type 1 2 Type 2, 1 Type 3; dozers: 10; water tenders: 7
Today’s Weather: 82 degrees, relative humidity 15%, winds ESE switching to SSW 12 mph gusting to 20 mph
Structures destroyed: 35 (damage assessment begins today)

Road Closures:NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west; NM 48 from mile marker 8 to mile marker 13, north and south; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8, north and south; and NM 220 from mile marker 1 to mile marker 13, north and south.

Area Closures The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of NM 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary, including a large area northeast of Ruidoso.Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sonterra (1, 2 and 3), Copper Canyon, and Loma Grande; Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Ski Run Road (State Highway 532) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to Highway 380 and Ski Apache. This list may not be all inclusive.

The evacuation of Rancho Ruidoso has been lifted and NM220 has been opened to the airport.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to J Bar J Country Church in Ruidoso, or the fairgrounds in Capitan.

The Incident Management team, in conjunction with the State Emergency Operations Center and the Lincoln County Emergency Manager has assembled a damage assessment team. This team will begin work today to determine the number and condition of structures within the burned area. Those concerned about status of their property may contact Kathy with American Red Cross at 575-420- 8954, and leave their contact information. This information will be passed on to the county Sheriff’s office.

An Air Quality Alert was issued at 9:05 p.m. June 10, by the National Weather Service and New Mexico Department of Health for Angus, Fort Stanton, Glencoe, Lincoln, San Patricio, Hondo, Tinnie, Picacho, and Sunset. This alert remains in effect for June 11. The City of Roswell is also being affected by heavy smoke. Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at:

http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/documents/Health_Effects_Smoke_06152010.pdf

 


Little Bear Fire June 10, 2012 – 10 p.m.

Wind, Low Humidity and High Temperature Challenge Firefighters Today

Summary:  Strong winds kept aircraft grounded most of the day. Dozer crews were successful in construction of direct containment line on the northeastern flank. Crews held and improved containment lines along Crest Trail on the northwest side of the fire, however progress was slow. Some movement of the fire was observed north toward Nogal Canyon, and south toward Buck Mountain. A transition to lighter fuels on the northern front will make containment easier .  The south end of the fire, near the ski area is the most challenging. Fire moved south across Forest Road 532. A plan is in place to extend a dozer line to contain this movement. Structure protection was in place around the ski area today. Residents of Upper Canyon were called by local law enforcement, and advised to be prepared for evacuation if it becomes necessary.

A community meeting will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. in the main gymnasium of the Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, to discuss status of the fire and firefighting activities. Another community meeting will be conducted at the same location at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11. A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m. on Monday.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sontara (1, 2 and 3), Copper Canyon, and Loma Grande; Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Ski Run Road (State Highway 532) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to Highway 380 and Ski Apache. This list may not be all inclusive.

The evacuation of Rancho Ruidoso has been lifted and NM220 has been opened to the airport.

Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to J Bar J Country Church in Ruidoso, or the fairgrounds in Capitan.

The Incident Management team is working with the State Emergency Operations Center and the Lincoln County Emergency Manager to assemble a damage assessment team. As soon as it is safe to enter the burned area, the number and condition of structures within the area will be determined. Those concerned about status of their property may contact Kathy with American Red Cross at 575-420-8954, and leave their contact information. This information will be passed on to the county Sheriff’s office. Fire information is available at: 575-258-6900. Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/documents/Health_Effects_Smoke_06152010.pdf

Start Time/Date Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 26,904 acres
Containment: 0 %
Resources Committed:Personnel: 429, crews: 8 Type 1, 1 Type 2; engines: 47; helicopters: 2 Type 1 2 Type 2, 1 Type 3; dozers : 10; water tenders: 7
Today’s Weather: 90 degrees, relative humidity 10%, winds southwest 20 mph gusting to 30 mph
Structures destroyed:35 (an accurate damage assessment has not been made yet)
Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west; NM 48 from mile marker 8 to mile marker 13, north and south; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8, north and south; and NM 220 from mile marker 1 to mile marker 13, north and south.
Area Closures The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger District south of NM 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary

 


Little Bear Fire
June 10, 2012 – 12:00 Noon
Management of Fire Transferred to Type 1 Incident Management Team

Summary: The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, commanded by Joe Reinarz, assumed management of this fire from the Pecos Zone Type 3 Interagency Management Team at 6 a.m. today. We cannot overemphasize the fact that the strategy for this fire is, and has been since the start, full suppression. A primary objective is to keep fire north of State Highways 220 and 532, and south of State Highway 380.

Today crews will hold improve containment lines along Crest Trail on the northwest side of the fire. Dozer lines constructed yesterday on the northeast and southeast flanks held overnight, and firefighters will construct additional containment lines and burn out fuels as necessary. Similar activity is occurring on the south and north sides of the fire.

An unusual firefighting tactic is being used on the southwest corner of the. Snow making machines at Ski Apache Resort are being utilized to wet down fuels, slowing the spread of the fire.

A public meeting will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. in the main gymnasium of the Ruidoso High School at 124 Warrior Road, to discuss status of the fire and firefighting activities.
There will also be a public meeting tonight, June 10 at 7 pm at the Capitan Fairgrounds in Capitan.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sontara (1,2 and 3), Rancho Ruidoso, Copper Canyon, and Loma Grande; Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Ski Run Road (State Highway 532) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to Highway 380 and Ski Apache.

Shelters: First Baptist Church on Country Club Road, Church of Christ on Sudderth Road in Ruidoso, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to J&J Country Church in Ruidoso, or the fairgrounds in Capitan.

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/documents/Health Effects Smoke 06152010.pdf

Start Time/Date Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Size: approx. 26,000 acres (change due to more accurate mapping, not fire growth)
Containment: 0 %
Resources Committed: Personnel 144, crews: 2 Type 1, 1 Type 2; 20 engines; helicopters: 6 Type 1; 2 Type 2, 2 Type 3; 2 dozers
Today’s Weather: 82 degrees, relative humidity 6%, winds west 20 mph
Structures/threats: 36 (an accurate damage assessment has not been made yet)
Road Closures: State Highway 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to Highway 380

 


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Sunday June 10, 2012 8:30AM
This map was made available this morning. It is dated June 9 10:30PM. We have heard unconfirmed reports that the fire is now estimated at 26,000 acres. Cell phone service in Ruidoso has been effected by the fire. We have family members who were evacuated and when we last were able to speak with them, they told us electrical service had been shut off in their area. They were able to send a text message telling us where they were. Calls to the fire information number result in a “the number you have dialed is not available at this time” recording. We will continue trying to get the latest information on the fire and post it as soon as it is made available to us.


LITTLE BEAR FIRE FACT SHEET

Saturday June 9, 2012  4:30PM
Started: June 4, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0 percent
Location: White Mountain Wilderness above Bonito Lake
Fuel Type: Mix Conifer Terrain: Steep and Rugged

PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT AT RUIDOSO HIGH SCHOOL 7 p.m.

The Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team (Northcott IC) took over management of the Little Bear Fire on Saturday June 9, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. The Little Bear Incident Command Post is currently set up at the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office. Incident Objectives are to provide for Firefighter and Public Safety. The Southwest Incident Management Team, IC Joe Reinarz has been ordered and will be taking over the management of the fire.

Current Size: Estimated at 10,000 acres – The fire will be mapped by GPS and a more accurate estimate of size will be provided when it is available.

Summary: Structure protection will continue through the night. Engines and crews will be patrolling the fire line overnight.

Fire Behavior: Fire is still active on all perimeters but moving primarily to the Northeast.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), New Mexico State Forestry, Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments and Ruidoso Downs Fire and area volunteer departments have responded. Currently ordered are 10 Dozers, 9-T1 hand crews, 40 Engines, 4 Helicopters, 4-water tenders, 2 air tankers with an additional 3 on order and will be available throughout the day. Approximately 450 personnel are currently at the fire.

Structures: There have been 20 structures lost and crews hope to complete damage assessment within the next several days.

Closures: The following roads have been closed due to extreme fire activity: State Highway 532, Ski Run Road at Mile Marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, Highway 37 to Highway 380

Evacuations: All campgrounds West of Bonito Lake, Villa Madonna Subdivision, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400 Campground and Summer homes), Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek Summer Homes, Ski Run Road at Mile Marker 3, State Highway 532, Angus, Sierra Vista, Sontara (1,2 and 3), Rancho Ruidoso, Copper Canyon, Loma Grande, Highway 48 to Capitan, Highway 37 to Highway 380 and Ski Apache. Law enforcement has cooperated by conducting and supporting all the evacuations.

Shelters for evacuees have been set up in Ruidoso at the First Baptist Church on Country Club, Church of Christ on Sudderth and in Capitan the Trinity Baptist Church. Animals and livestock can be taken to J & J Country Church in Ruidoso or the Fairgrounds in Capitan.

Smoke from the fire is impacting the community of Ruidoso and surrounding areas so please take precautions if you have any health or breathing issues.

 


FIRE FACT SHEET

Saturday June 9, 2012  9:30AM
Started:   June 4, 2012
Cause:  Lightning
Containment: 0 percent
Location:  White Mountain Wilderness above Bonito Lake
Fuel Type:  Mix Conifer
Terrain:  Steep and Rugged

The Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team (Northcott IC) took over management of the Little Bear Fire on Saturday June 9, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.  The Little Bear Incident Command Post is currently set up at the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office.

Current Size:  Estimated at 10,000 acres – The fire will be mapped today by GPS and a more accurate estimate of size will be provided in this evenings update.

Summary: The fire is actively burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain in the White Mountain Wilderness of the Lincoln National Forest. The fire has been actively suppressed since it was detected on Monday June 4th. Due to the difficult steep and rugged terrain it has been difficult to access the fire.

Fire personnel are using both direct and indirect suppression tactics to contain the fire and keep it from moving further north northeast and southwest. Extreme fire activity was observed on the entire fire perimeter late last night.

Fire Behavior:  Active fire behavior with flame lengths of 150 feet were observant over night.  Red flag conditions in effect today.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), New Mexico State Forestry, Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments and Ruidoso Downs Fire and area volunteer departments have responded.   Currently ordered 9-T1 hand crews, 36-Engines, 3 Helicopters, 7-water tenders, 2 air tankers with an additional 3 on order and will be available through out the day.  Approximately 350 personnel are expected to be on the fire tomorrow.

Structures Threatened: There have been some structures lost but crews hope to complete damage assessment later today.

Closures: The following roads have been closed due to extreme fire activity: State Highway 532,  Ski Run Road at Mile Marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, Highway 37 to Highway 380

Evacuations: All campgrounds West of Bonito Lake, Villa Madonna Subdivision, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400), Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek Summer Homes, Ski Run Road at Mile Marker 3, State Highway 532, Highway 48 to Capitan, Highway 37 to Highway 380 and Ski Apache.  Shelters for evacuees have been set up at First Baptist Church on Country Club, Community Methodist Church, Senior Center at Ruidoso Downs, Church of Christ on Sudderth and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan.

Smoke from the fire is impacting the community of Ruidoso and surrounding areas so please take precautions if you have any health or breathing issues.

 


Incident Overview-Updated 8:00 June 9, 2012

The fire is actively burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain in the White Mountain Wilderness of the Lincoln National Forest. The fire has been actively suppressed since it was detected on Monday June 4th. Due to the difficult steep and rugged terrain it has been difficult to access the fire.

The Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team (Northcott IC) will take over management of the Little Bear Fire Saturday June 9, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive.

The Little Bear Incident Command Post is currently set up at the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office.


Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Monday June 04th, 2012 approx. 03:00 PM
Location White Mountain Wilderness
Incident Commander Jay Northcott


Current Situation

Size 10,000 acres
Fuels Involved Mixed conifer
Fire Behavior Extreme fire behavior; Flame lengths 100-150 ft; Spotting up to 2 mi.
Significant Events EVACUATIONS: All campgrounds West of Bonito Lake, Villa Madonna Subdivision, Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek Summer Homes, Ski Apache, Angus Subdivision, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (FR400), Alto, Alto North, Santera and Sun Valley. Shelters are located at the First Baptist Church in Ruidoso and the Trininty Baptist Church in Capitan. ROAD CLOSURES: NM532, Apache Ski Run Road, is closed. NM 48 is closed from MM 8 to MM 13. Additional closures will be at NM 37/NM 48, NM 48/Gavilan Canyon Road, and NM 220 at US 380.


Outlook

Planned Actions Fire personnel are using both direct and indirect suppression tactics to contain the fire and keep it from moving further north and east. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), New Mexico State Forestry, Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments and Ruidoso Downs Fire and area volunteer departments responded. Currently ordered 9-T1 hand crews, 36-Engines, 3 Helicopters, 7-water tenders, heavy air tankers are expected to be available through out the day tomorrow. Approximately 350 personnel are expected to be on the fire today.
Terrain Difficulty Steep and Rugged
Remarks The fire has crossed NM Hwy 48. An estimated 15-20 structures have been damaged or destroyed, however officials have not had an opportunity do conduct a formal damage assessment. The primary goal today is to establish an anchor point to work from. A Type I Incident Management Team (Joe Reinarz, IC) has been ordered and will be arriving today.

 Fire

FACT SHEET

For Immediate Release:  Fire Information – 575-361-3404 and 575-937-0883

Friday June 8, 2012    PIOs Joel Arnwine and Dusty Romero

 

Detected:  June 4, 2012
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0 percent
Location: White Mountain Wilderness above Bonito Lake
Fuel Type:  Mix Conifer
Terrain: Steep and Rugged

The Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is currently managing the Little Bear Fire.  The Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team (Northcott IC) will take over management of the Little Bear Fire Saturday June 9, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive. The Little Bear Incident Command Post is currently set up at the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office.

Current Size:  Estimated at 1,000 – 2,000 acres – The fire was mapped today by GPS and a more accurate estimate of size will be provided in tomorrow’s update.

Summary: The fire is actively burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain in the White Mountain Wilderness of the Lincoln National Forest. The fire has been actively suppressed since it was detected on Monday June 4th. Due to the difficult steep and rugged terrain it has been difficult to access the fire.

Fire personnel are using both direct and indirect suppression tactics to contain the fire and keep it from moving further north and east. Extreme fire activity has been observed on the entire fire perimeter as of late this evening.

Fire Behavior:

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), New Mexico State Forestry, Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments and Ruidoso Downs Fire and area volunteer departments responded.   Currently ordered 9-T1 hand crews, 36-Engines, 3 Helicopters, 7-water tenders, heavy air tankers are expected to be available through out the day tomorrow.  Approximately 350 personnel are expected to be on the fire tomorrow.

Structures Threatened: N/A

Closures: The following roads have been closed due to extreme fire activity:

-State Highway 532 Ski Run Road at Mile Marker 3

Evacuations: All campgrounds West of Bonito Lake, Villa Madonna Subdivision, Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek Summer Homes, and Ski Apache.  A shelter for evacuees will be set up at the Nazarene Church on Highway 48.

Smoke from the fire is impacting the community of Ruidoso and surrounding areas so please take precautions if you have any health or breathing issues.

 


Wednesday, June 08, 2012, 17:00 p.m.Summary: The Little Bear Fire is burning at high elevation in the White Mountain Wilderness.  The steep, rugged terrain along with heavy accumulations of dead and down fuels, is making suppression difficult on the ground.   It is burning in dense mixed conifer.  Initial attack began the evening of 6/4/12.  Smoke is very visible today from Ruidoso/Capitan/Carrizozo areas.  It is anticipated that the smell of heavy smoke will drift down the mountain to the Village of Ruidoso overnight.  A Type III Team has been ordered.  Three Hotshot Crews are currently working the fire.  Air Support has been called in.   Containment was at 100 % this afternoon and due to changing weather conditions, the fire spotted out of the containment perimeter.

Detected: Monday, June 4, 2012 15:00 p.m.
Cause: Lightning Strike
Containment: unknown
Location: White Mountain Wilderness, 15 miles North of Ruidoso, NM
Fuel Type: Mixed Conifer
Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Current Size:  estimated 100 acres and is burning on the Lincoln National Forest.

Current Fire Behavior:  isolated torching and some crown runs expected due to high winds.


Resources:   4 Type I Hotshot Crews, Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team,  and multiple aircraft assigned to the fire.

Structures Threatened:  None at this time.  Nearest structure is Spring Cabin 4 miles NE.

Closures:  White Mountain Wilderness Trails # 19 and 44 will be closed. Trail #25 going North to Ski Apache will be closed as well along with the southern access to Trails 36 and 37.