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The entire village of Ruidoso was evacuated due to the fast moving fires, residents were directed to the Inn of the Mountain Gods

The entire village of Ruidoso was evacuated due to the fast moving fires, residents were directed to the Inn of the Mountain Gods

The entire village of Ruidoso was evacuated due to the fast moving fires, residents were directed to the Inn of the Mountain Gods

Update (8:50 a.m.): This is the latest information on the two wildfires (South Fork Fire and Salt Fire) currently threatening the Ruidoso and Mescalero reservation area, according to New Mexico Fire Info.

The South Fork Fire

Sour: 360 estimated

Start Date/Time: June 17, 2024; 9 o’clock in the morning

Cause: Under investigation

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

Property: Tribal

Threat Structure: Multiple structures threatened; unknown structures lost

Resources: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue, US Forest Service, multiple aviation assets, Command Complex Incident Management Team.

Isolation: 0%

fuel: mixed conifers

Salt fire

Location: Mescalero Reservation, Otero County, southwest of Ruidoso

size: 35 acres

Threats: Yes. Highway 70 to Casinos and 244

Resources: BIA, Mescalero, Forest Service, multiple aviation assets

Fire activity: Active

evictions: Apache Summit is evacuated

Times: 89 Temp, 18 MPH, 10%RH


Update (20:45): Reactions and updates continue to pour in from social media:


Update (8:35 p.m.): Alamogordo firefighters are being dispatched to Ruidoso to help fight the fire. This is according to the Village of Ruidoso’s official Facebook page.


Update (20:25): People continue to post about the fire on social media:


Update (8:20 p.m.): “The South Fork Fire on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation spanning Otero and Lincoln counties is an active and fast-moving fire,” Ruidoso officials said Monday evening. “An immediate evacuation order has been issued for the entire village.”

A map showing the wildfire area (Courtesy: Village of Ruidoso)

“Evacuatees should use US 70 East toward Roswell,” village officials added.

There is now a new evacuation center at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.


Update (8:15 p.m.): The South Fork Fire is now burning 3,380 acres on the Mescalaro Apache Indian Reservation in Ruidoso. Fire is 0% limited.

Village of Ruidoso receives evacuation order.


Update (6.15pm): People are posting on social media about the fire.


Update (6:05 p.m.): New Mexico State Police have closed US Highway 70 from mile markers 249 to 258 (4 miles east of Mescalero to 2 miles east of Carrizo) due to wildfires in that area .


RUIDOSO, New Mexico (KVIA) — The Ruidoso Office of Emergency Management has just issued an immediate evacuation notice for Superior Canyon and Brady Canyon. A fire is currently moving toward the area, officials say.

The Cedar Creek backend is also on a standby notice, meaning everyone in the area should prepare to evacuate.

This image was provided to ABC-7 by a viewer in Ruidoso (Courtesy: Troy Wilson)

“Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home,” officials said today.

An evacuation shelter is in place at the Ruidoso Convention Center at 111 Sierra Blanca Drive.

The city government is referring to the fire as the South Fork Fire. The town hall informed the residents about the fire today. Officials have closed Grindstone Lake as firefighting boats flood water from the lake over the fire.