McBride Fire – April 15, 2022 Evening Update
Reason: Under investigation
Start date: April 12, 2022
Location: Gavilan Canyon in the village of Ruidoso
Fuels: wood, brush, dry grass
Burned structures: 207 primary structures, several
Highlights: Today the fire was active within the perimeter of the fire near Ruidoso College. Unburned pockets of ponderosa pine were ignited, releasing a lot of black smoke. Crews and helicopters worked together to keep the fire within the lines of control. A virtual public meeting will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. on Facebook. Questions can be submitted in advance via email or Facebook messaging
Operations: Firefighters focused on prioritizing finding and clearing hotspots to eliminate potential threats to homes along the Gavilan Corridor and other areas with at-risk values, such as the Homestead Loop further north. north. Bulldozers and ground crews continued to work on the north rim in the rugged and difficult country of the Eagle Creek area. On the east side, where the fire is burning in old fire scars, teams are looking for potential lines of control, such as old two-lane roads that bulldozers can clear.
Evacuations: The following evacuations have been lifted for the Moon Mountain area: High Loop, Lupine, Starlight, Old Lincoln, Nogal Place, etc. East of Hull: McBride, Snowcap, Timberline, Fawn Ridge, etc. Evacuations remain in place for the following: Gavilan Canyon: From Highway 70 to Lower Eagle Creek; Homestead Acres/Lower Eagle Creek; Rancho Ruidoso Valley Estates, Deer Valley, Deer Park and Alto East of Flute Player. The Ruidoso Convention Center is open to evacuees. Safety: Other evacuations are possible. Please stay out of the fire area to allow crews safe access to the fire. Parts of the village remain without electricity or gas. PNM, Otero Electric and Zia Natural Gas are working to restore power. Please watch for animals that have been released or escaped. Prepare yourself and your family with a go-bag. Visit ready.gov for more information on preparing for evacuation.
Restrictions/Closures: Closures are in place at Gavilan Canyon from Meander to Highway 48 and Warrior Drive from Hull to Gavilan Canyon. Hull Road remains open, but roads east of Hull from Warrior to Lower Eagle Creek such as Snowcap, McBride, Timberline, etc. remain closed. Road closures are adjusted based on fire activity.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place: Wildfires are a Drone-FREE zone. Flying recreational and media drones in a TFR is illegal and endangers aircraft working on fire. Drones found in the fire area will cause fire aviation operations to be suspended until the area is cleared. If you see drones in the fire area, please report it immediately to law enforcement and the Incident Management Team. If you steal, we can’t! Weather: Tonight – Mainly clear, temps 44-46, humidity 12-16%. Winds westerly 6 to 15 mph, gusting to 28 mph.
Smoke: People sensitive to smoke and people with respiratory problems or heart conditions are encouraged to take precautionary measures.
Fire information: Public telephone line 505-356-2636 and Media telephone line 505-445-8278
Telephone lines open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
NM Fire Information: https://nmfireinfo.com/