New Mexico Wildfires: Evacuations lifted in McBride Fire area (2023)

McBride Fire - Ruidoso All evacuation orders relating to the McBride Fire are lifted, as of 10 am Sunday. The fire started on Tuesday near Warrior Drive and Hull Road in Ruidoso. The fire spread very rapidly on Tuesday as strong winds in the area gusted to 80 miles per hour. As the flames spread, hundreds were evacuated from their homes with little notice, taking shelter at the Ruidoso Convention Center.As evacuations were ongoing, an older couple that was unaccounted for by their family were found dead in their home by police and fire officials. Police said the couple was trying to evacuate their Gavilan Canyon home before the home caught fire.Several homes were lost in the McBride, Gavilan Canyon, Fawn Ridge, Homestead Acres and Lower Eagle Creek neighborhoods. The Ruidoso Convention Center has been setup as a shelter for evacuees. A Type 1 fire team has taken command of the fire and will be working on structure protection and will also work to build containment lines around the fire.Many donations have poured in to help those impacted and evacuated by the McBride Fire. The Village of Ruidoso leaders said they have been overwhelmed with donations of food, water and clothes.Water AdvisoryThe New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health have issued a precautionary water advisory for the following areas of Lincoln County:Canyon Hideaway and EscapeLa Vida BuenaR&R RV ParkThe state environment department says significant damage to the infrastructure caused by the McBride Fire prompted the advisory. State officials say those who get their water from the public water systems listed above should seek alternate sources of water for the protection of public health. The New Mexico Environment Department also recommends those who own a well in the area to take these steps once it is safe to do so:Step 1: Well inspection and repair – check for damage to well components, including electrical systems and remove debris. Step 2: Flush the well until the water runs clear (approximately 30 minutes to one hour) and check water pressure. This may best be done by a well contractor.Step 3: Test your well water for Coliform bacteria including E. coli, nitrate, other contaminants of concern.Step 4: Disinfect your well if water tests positive for bacteria (E. coli) or repairs were done. This may best be done by a well contractor.Hermits Peak FireThe Hermits Peak Fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest has caused several evacuations started as a prescribed burn. The fire has burned 7,514 acres and is 46% contained.Since Friday, firefighters have continued to patrol the perimeter to ensure that the fire stays within the current footprint. Though fire activity has moderated due to suppression efforts from firefighters over the last week, the wind and weather conditions that support extremefire behavior persist. Fire crews are taking every precaution with structure protection operations from San Ignacio to Lone Pine Mesa. Aircraft will continue to take advantage of breaks in the wind intensity to fly in support of suppression efforts. Firefighter and public safety remain our number one priority. All resources are focused on suppressing the Hermits Peak Fire as quickly and safely as possible and protecting nearby communities. All mandatory evacuations for the Hermits Peak fire have been lifted. An evacuation shelter is available at the Old Memorial Middle School gym located at the corner of Legion and Old National in Las Vegas.Smoke from the Hermits Peak Fire may be visible from Gallinas, El Porvenir, San Pablo, Mineral Hill, San Geronimo, Gascon, Pendaries, Rociada, Mora, Ledoux, Las Vegas, and along the I-25 corridor. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.Nogal Canyon FireThe Nogal Canyon fire has burned 412 acres, with 58% containment.All evacuations have been lifted for the Nogal Canyon Fire. Hunters and campers will not be allowed in the area until further notice. The Nogal Canyon Fire burning in Lincoln County started after fallen powerlines sparked the fire. Fire activity was low to moderate yesterday. Crews observed single tree torching and smoldering stumps within the interior of the fire. This activity occurred as winds increased throughout the day, impacting the northeast corner of the fire. Ground crews coordinated with the helicopter for water bucket drops to cool the heat as fire activity increased. Today, firefighters are actively patrolling the uncontained fire perimeter to locate and extinguish hotspots. They are working in steep, rugged terrain and will utilize available aircraft for water drops where they can do so safely. Firefighters have been working closely with the power company so they can gain access to power lines. Work is being done to conduct repairs and make assessments for additional work needed. Residents in the area should expect to see this activity continue for the next few days.

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McBride Fire - Ruidoso

All evacuation orders relating to the McBride Fire are lifted, as of 10 am Sunday.

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    The fire started on Tuesday near Warrior Drive and Hull Road in Ruidoso. The fire spread very rapidly on Tuesday as strong winds in the area gusted to 80 miles per hour. As the flames spread, hundreds were evacuated from their homes with little notice, taking shelter at the Ruidoso Convention Center.

    (Video) Deadly McBride Fire Leaves Behind Destruction in New Mexico

    As evacuations were ongoing, an older couple that was unaccounted for by their family were found dead in their home by police and fire officials. Police said the couple was trying to evacuate their Gavilan Canyon home before the home caught fire.

    Several homes were lost in the McBride, Gavilan Canyon, Fawn Ridge, Homestead Acres and Lower Eagle Creek neighborhoods.

    (Video) McBride fire evacuations lifted; many return home to nothing

    The Ruidoso Convention Center has been setup as a shelter for evacuees.

    A Type 1 fire team has taken command of the fire and will be working on structure protection and will also work to build containment lines around the fire.

    Many donations have poured in to help those impacted and evacuated by the McBride Fire. The Village of Ruidoso leaders said they have been overwhelmed with donations of food, water and clothes.

    Water Advisory

    The New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health have issued a precautionary water advisory for the following areas of Lincoln County:

    (Video) McBride Fire claims life of elderly couple attempting to evacuate

    • Canyon Hideaway and Escape
    • La Vida Buena
    • R&R RV Park

    The state environment department says significant damage to the infrastructure caused by the McBride Fire prompted the advisory. State officials say those who get their water from the public water systems listed above should seek alternate sources of water for the protection of public health.

    The New Mexico Environment Department also recommends those who own a well in the area to take these steps once it is safe to do so:

    • Step 1: Well inspection and repair – check for damage to well components, including electrical systems and remove debris.
    • Step 2: Flush the well until the water runs clear (approximately 30 minutes to one hour) and check water pressure. This may best be done by a well contractor.
    • Step 3: Test your well water for Coliform bacteria including E. coli, nitrate, other contaminants of concern.
    • Step 4: Disinfect your well if water tests positive for bacteria (E. coli) or repairs were done. This may best be done by a well contractor.

      Hermits Peak Fire

      The Hermits Peak Fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest has caused several evacuations started as a prescribed burn.

      The fire has burned 7,514 acres and is 46% contained.

      Since Friday, firefighters have continued to patrol the perimeter to ensure that the fire stays within the current footprint. Though fire activity has moderated due to suppression efforts from firefighters over the last week, the wind and weather conditions that support extreme

      fire behavior persist. Fire crews are taking every precaution with structure protection operations from San Ignacio to Lone Pine Mesa. Aircraft will continue to take advantage of breaks in the wind intensity to fly in support of suppression efforts. Firefighter and public safety remain our number one priority. All resources are focused on suppressing the Hermits Peak Fire as quickly and safely as possible and protecting nearby communities.

      (Video) Ruidoso McBride Fire Updates

      All mandatory evacuations for the Hermits Peak fire have been lifted.

      An evacuation shelter is available at the Old Memorial Middle School gym located at the corner of Legion and Old National in Las Vegas.

      Smoke from the Hermits Peak Fire may be visible from Gallinas, El Porvenir, San Pablo, Mineral Hill, San Geronimo, Gascon, Pendaries, Rociada, Mora, Ledoux, Las Vegas, and along the I-25 corridor. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

      Nogal Canyon Fire

      The Nogal Canyon fire has burned 412 acres, with 58% containment.

      All evacuations have been lifted for the Nogal Canyon Fire. Hunters and campers will not be allowed in the area until further notice.

      The Nogal Canyon Fire burning in Lincoln County started after fallen powerlines sparked the fire.

      Fire activity was low to moderate yesterday. Crews observed single tree torching and smoldering stumps within the interior of the fire. This activity occurred as winds increased throughout the day, impacting the northeast corner of the fire. Ground crews coordinated with the helicopter for water bucket drops to cool the heat as fire activity increased. Today, firefighters are actively patrolling the uncontained fire perimeter to locate and extinguish hotspots. They are working in steep, rugged terrain and will utilize available aircraft for water drops where they can do so safely.

      Firefighters have been working closely with the power company so they can gain access to power lines. Work is being done to conduct repairs and make assessments for additional work needed. Residents in the area should expect to see this activity continue for the next few days.

      (Video) McBride Fire in Ruidoso grows to 15,000 acres

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      FAQs

      Is the McBride Fire still burning? ›

      On April 12, 2022, the McBride Fire started at around 2:30 pm on Warrior Drive in Ruidoso, NM. The fire quickly spread into neighboring residential areas and continued to move northeast. There were two confirmed fatalities and over 200 homes lost. The fire is now 100% contained.

      What started the McBride Fire? ›

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —

      According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege the McBride Fire started when strong winds blew a “hazardously tall tree” on top of PNM utility lines, causing a fault that created sparks from power equipment causing the ground to ignite.

      Is McBride Fire contained? ›

      The fire was named after McBride Road, near where it ignited on April 12, 2022. The McBride Fire burned 6,159 acres (2,492 ha), and was fully contained on May 7, 2022. The exact cause of the fire is unknown.
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      Has rain helped the fires in NM? ›

      Down near Truth or Consequences, the Black Fire is up to 70% containment. This last week of monsoon rain really helped crews gain control of these massive fires.

      Which way is the McBride Fire moving? ›

      'We've got 60 years of family history there.'

      He said the McBride Fire is moving in a northeasterly direction into the Lincoln National Forest.

      How much did the McBride Fire burn? ›

      The cause of the McBride Fire, which burned 6,159 acres in Lincoln County, destroyed more than 200 homes and killed two people is still under investigation, per the InciWeb Incident Information System.

      Where is the McBride Fire located? ›

      How many aircrafts are being used in the McBride Fire? ›

      Seven air tankers and two helicopters were assisting with slurry and water drops.

      Who was blamed for the great fire? ›

      French watchmaker Robert Hubert confessed to starting the blaze and was hanged on October 27, 1666. Years later it was revealed he was at sea when the fire began, and could not have been responsible. There were other scapegoats, including people of Catholic faith and from overseas.

      What does it mean when a fire is 30% contained? ›

      Percent contained

      It means only that firefighters have it fully surrounded by a perimeter; it could still burn for weeks or months.

      What does 5 contained fire mean? ›

      If you live in an area prone to wildfires, one phrase you always listen for is “the fire is (x) percent contained.” A 95% contained fire sounds a lot less scary than a 5% contained fire. “Containment” indicates how much of the fire perimeter has been surrounded by a control line that the fire will not progress across.

      Is the New Mexico fire contained? ›

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than four grueling months and $300 million later, the federal government has declared the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history 100% contained, a notable milestone but just another step in what local residents and officials say will be a long journey toward recovery.

      Is New Mexico in a drought 2022? ›

      As of May 4, 2022, 98.9% of the state is under a moderate drought, 95.8% of the state is under a severe drought, 68% is under an extreme drought, and 15.7% of the state is under exceptional drought conditions.

      Is the black fire still burning in NM? ›

      As of 9 June 2022, the blaze is over 298,440 acres and 44% contained. As of 25 June 2022, the blaze is over 325,133 acres and 70% contained.

      Why is it so smokey in NM? ›

      Wildfires and prescribed fires in the region can result in plumes of smoke in New Mexico. Use the links on this page to find information on air quality data and how to protect you and your family's health when it is smoky.

      How did fires start in NM? ›

      SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two fires that merged to create the largest wildfire in New Mexico history have both been traced to planned burns set by U.S. forest managers as preventative measures, federal investigators announced Friday.

      How far is the McBride Fire from Albuquerque? ›

      The McBride Fire broke out Tuesday in Ruidoso, a village of around 7,600 in the Sacramento Mountains, around 130 miles southeast of Albuquerque, officials said.

      How many homes were lost in Ruidoso fire? ›

      200 homes. $20 million in damages. In total, fire officials reported as of Wednesday there were 207 primary structures – mostly homes –decimated in the blaze.

      What is the largest fire on record? ›

      1. 2003 Siberian Taiga Fires (Russia) – 55 Million Acres. In 2003 – during one of the hottest summers Europe experienced up to that point – a series of extremely devastating blazes in the taiga forests of Eastern Siberia destroyed over 55 million acres (22 million hectares) of land.

      Is Ruidoso New Mexico still burning? ›

      No. Not at this time. There are no active wildfires in Lincoln County. The McBride Fire that started on April 12, 2022, on Warrior Drive in Ruidoso, is 100% contained.

      How much land has burned in the Amazon? ›

      The rampant destruction of the Amazon is pushing the rainforest toward a climate tipping point of no return. In the last 40 years, the Amazon has already had approximately 17% of its total area deforested, according to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

      Where are the wildfires 2022 nm? ›

      Calf Canyon & Hermit's Peak Fires (Mora, Taos, Colfax, & San Miguel County)

      How did the fire start in Ruidoso NM? ›

      There are other blazes in the state, including the smaller Nogal Canyon fire to the northwest of Ruidoso. That fire was caused by downed power lines, De Fries said, and has burned six homes and eight outbuildings. People have been ordered to leave the area.

      How much of Ruidoso burned down? ›

      More than 6,000 acres were burned in Ruidoso as part of the McBride Fire and KOAT got an exclusive tour of the burn area.

      What pilot has the most dogfight kills? ›

      Erich „Bubi“ Hartmann

      Erich Hartmann is the most successful fighter pilot of all times – with 352 kills. A number that will never be surpassed. His nickname „Bubi“ means „little boy“ – and it's easy to find out why he was called like that. He was also called „The black devil“.

      What do they drop from planes on fires? ›

      To aid in putting on wildfires, planes will drop hundreds to thousands of gallons of water or other chemicals on and around the fires. Most often, planes will drop a specially designed fire retardant called Phos-Chek, a mixture of mainly water and fertilizer, to help contain the spread of a fire.

      What are firefighter planes called? ›

      Airtanker is a fixed-wing aircraft that can carry fire retardant or water and drop it on or in front of a fire to help slow the fire down. CAL FIRE uses Grum- man S-2T airtankers for fast initial attack delivery of fire retardant on wildland fires.

      Who was the first fire man? ›

      The history of the firefighter began in ancient Rome while under the rule of Augustus in the 3rd Century. Prior to that, there is evidence of fire-fighting in use in Ancient Egypt. The first Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Licinius Crassus.

      Who was the first man to make fire? ›

      The oldest unequivocal evidence, found at Israel's Qesem Cave, dates back 300,000 to 400,000 years, associating the earliest control of fire with Homo sapiens and Neanderthals.

      Who is the first person who discovered fire? ›

      Evidence for the "microscopic traces of wood ash" as controlled use of fire by Homo erectus, beginning roughly 1 million years ago, has wide scholarly support. Some of the earliest known traces of controlled fire were found at the Daughters of Jacob Bridge, Israel, and dated to 790,000 years ago.

      What is the number one rule in a fire? ›

      SOUND THE ALARM. If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the building fire alarm. If there is no alarm in the building, warn the other occupants by knocking on doors and shouting as you leave. LEAVE THE BUILDING.

      What are the 3 things a fire needs to keep going? ›

      Oxygen, heat, and fuel are frequently referred to as the "fire triangle." Add in the fourth element, the chemical reaction, and you actually have a fire "tetrahedron." The important thing to remember is: take any of these four things away, and you will not have a fire or the fire will be extinguished.

      What does mop up mean in firefighting? ›

      Mop up is a term used to describe extinguishing residual fire to make sure it doesn't continue to spread outside of an established containment area.

      What does 5 5 5 mean in the fire department? ›

      When a firefighter died in the line of duty, the fire alarm office would tap out a special signal. That signal was five measured dashes, then a pause, then five measured dashes, another pause…then five more dashes.

      What does it mean when a fire is 35 contained? ›

      The "percent contained" indicates how much of the fire's perimeter is surrounded by a barrier. So, for a fire whose perimeter is 10 miles around, if firefighters create a 5-mile-long dirt area around the fire, the fire is 50 percent contained.

      How many fires does New Mexico have in 2022? ›

      The 2022 New Mexico wildfire season is an ongoing series of wildfires burning throughout the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of 24 June 2022, 899,453 acres (363,996 ha) had burned across the state, including 31 fires greater than 100 acres.
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      How much of the NM fire is contained? ›

      The fire, so far, has burned more than 260,000 acres and has already burned more total acreage than all of the acreage lost to wildfire across the state in 2021. The fire is just 29% contained, and has grown by about 90,000 acres in just the last week, officials here say.

      Is New Mexico fire the biggest? ›

      In New Mexico, the massive Calf Canyon-Hermits Peaks Fire is now officially the state's largest recorded wildfire in modern history, eclipsing the 297,845 acre Whitewater-Baldy Fire Complex of 2012.

      Is the fire in Yucca Valley still burning? ›

      The Elk Fire, a vegetation fire that began in Yucca Valley on Thursday, is now 100% contained, according to information released by Joshua Tree National Park on Tuesday. The fire burned 431 acres, including 170 within the park.

      What is the status of the Ruidoso fire? ›

      No. Not at this time. There are no active wildfires in Lincoln County. The McBride Fire that started on April 12, 2022, on Warrior Drive in Ruidoso, is 100% contained.

      Is the fire still burning in Yucca Valley California? ›

      The fire is now 100% contained, officials announced. The fire burned a total of 431 acres, 170 of which were in Joshua Tree National Park.

      Did fires destroy Napa Valley? ›

      On October 1, 2020, the Glass Fire continued to rage through the wine country of California's Napa and Sonoma counties. By October 7, more than 67,000 acres and more than 630 residences had been lost. Viticulture, a major driver of the local economy, has been decimated by wildfir...

      Is Sequoia still burning? ›

      There is no current large fire threat within the boundaries of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

      How close is the fire to Ruidoso New Mexico? ›

      The fire is located approximately four miles northwest of the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation and is 37 acres with 25% contained.

      Are the fires in New Mexico near Silver City? ›

      SILVER CITY, NM – June 11, 2022— Firefighters and aircraft are currently working to suppress the Skates Fire on the Gila National Forest about 13 miles northeast of Silver City. It is estimated under 100 acres and spreading to the east.

      How many houses have burned in Ruidoso? ›

      Ruidoso a decade ago was the site of the most destructive wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history when more than 240 homes burned and nearly 70 square miles of forest were blackened by a lightning-sparked blaze.

      Is it safe to go to Napa Valley now fires? ›

      Napa Valley is 100% open and welcoming visitors.

      Some businesses may require masks, at their own discretion. Napa Valley hotels, restaurants, wineries, and attractions are fully open with safety measures in place, with no capacity limits or physical distancing required.

      Has Napa Valley recovered from the fires? ›

      Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wineries are open and back in business, welcoming visitors to their vineyards and tasting rooms. The smoke has cleared, the air is clear, and the vines are showy in their fall colors.

      How far is the fires from Santa Fe? ›

      On Tuesday the fire 25 miles west of Santa Fe was putting up much less smoke than the Calf Canyon – Hermits Peak Fire, judging from the Satellite photo below taken at 3:56 p.m. Smoke plumes from New Mexico fires at 3:56 p.m. MDT May 17, 2022.

      What is the biggest fire plane in the world? ›

      • 747 Supertanker. List slides.
      • 747 Supertanker. Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP (Getty Images) While all those other craft are pretty impressive, they pale in comparison to the daddy of this list, the mighty 747 Supertanker. This behemoth of a flying fire truck can cram in more than 24,000 gallons of fire retardant.
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