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New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) in coordination with other state agencies, continue to respond to the communities affected by the multiple fires currently burning in New Mexico.

“To see the State Emergency Response Teamwork in tandem with local, tribal, and county-level emergency responders is incredible,” said DHSEM Deputy Secretary Carla Walton. “This is what we plan for. We pool our resources and respond swiftly to New Mexicans in need.”

State Police confirmed the McBride Fire claimed the lives of two Ruidoso residents attempting to evacuate after the fire started Tuesday from a windblown, downed power line. Power is slowly being restored in Lincoln County but about 5,000 homes remain without power. Nearly 5,000 residents have been evacuated, 34 people are currently housed at the Ruidoso Convention Center makeshift shelter. More than a dozen patients were moved from the Lincoln County Medical Center to the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo and the Eastern University Medical Center in Clovis. The fire has burned 207 homes and numerous outbuildings along with 5,381 acres.

The Nogal Fire north of Carrizozo in Socorro County burned 6 homes and 8 outbuildings and forced 50-100 residents to evacuate. A shelter has been set up at the Carrizozo High School. The Nogal Fire was also caused by downed power lines. PNM is making progress on restoring power in the area. At last report, the fire is now 4% contained and the initial report of 400 acres burned has not changed.

New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is proud of the progress made with the Big Hole Fire. A downed powerline caused the blaze in Belen Monday. It burned one home and 18 outbuildings in addition to nearly 900 acres. It is now 40% contained and power has been fully restored. The evacuation centers are now closed.

The following shelter locations remain open:

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  • Memorial Middle School, 1236 5th St, Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
  • Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Dr, Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345
  • Carrizozo High School, 800 D Ave, Carrizozo, New Mexico 88301

Those affected by the fires who need assistance should call the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at 1-800-432-2080. Press #2 for information or resources related to the fires. Press #4 for information regarding property damage due to the fires and other fire related questions. The latest information on wildfire and smoke activity is available through the New Mexico Fire Information website at https://nmfireinfo.com/.

About New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management works to protect the people of New Mexico and the nation through a comprehensive and coordinated program of mitigating hazards, preparing for emergencies, preventing attacks, and recovering from disasters. The New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office is part of New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management beginning on July 1, 2021.

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