Blue 2 Fire near Ruidoso almost 70% contained, evacuation orders reduced

Firefighters continued to make progress after a lightning-caused fire near Ruidoso Monday.

According to the New Mexico Fire Information website, the Blue 2 Fire burned 7,495 acres in the White Mountain Wilderness Area, eight miles north of Ruidoso.

The fire was 69% contained as of Tuesday morning, with 489 personnel battling the blaze that started on May 16.

“The ABurned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is arriving today and will begin their emergency ground stabilization assessment,” according to information from New Mexico Fire Information.

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“The purpose of the BAER program is to determine the need for, prescribe and implement emergency treatments on Federal lands to minimize the threat to human life or property from the effects of a fire or to prevent unacceptable degradation of natural and cultural stabilize and prevent resources. ”

Containment was progressing and firefighters were working to clear the remaining unattended portions of the fire perimeter.

Recovery efforts have begun in surrounding areas of the fire, where heavy equipment and firefighters have established emergency lines.

The evacuation level has been reduced

According to New Mexico Fire Information, the communities of Village of Capitan, Enchanted Forest and Alto are no longer in “Ready” status.

“The communities of Cora Dutton, Ranchman’s Camp, Sun Valley and Sierra Vista are now in ‘Ready’ status. The communities of Villa Madonna, Bonito Lake, Loma Grande and Nogal Canyon are now in ‘Set’ status and all ‘Go’ evacuation notices have been lifted,” according to New Mexico Fire Information.

A map shows the progress of the Blue 2 Fire burning near Ruidoso as of June 4, 2024.A map shows the progress of the Blue 2 Fire burning near Ruidoso as of June 4, 2024.

A map shows the progress of the Blue 2 Fire burning near Ruidoso as of June 4, 2024.

The Ruidoso area has mixed weather forecasts

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque forecast sunny skies with a chance of thunderstorms for the Ruidoso area through Friday.

NWS forecast highs around 86 and thunderstorm chances of 20% to 50%.

Moser Fire under control

More: Moser Fire near Cloudcroft is burning more than 100 acres

According to New Mexico Fire Information, the Moser Fire that burned near Cloudcroft in May was 100% contained as of May 29.

The cause of the fire was unknown and was reported on May 20 around 3:45 p.m.

The Moser Fire burned approximately 100 acres and remains under investigation.

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected].

This article originally appeared on Carlsbad Current-Argus: Blue 2 Fire near Ruidoso contained nearly 70%