35,000 acres burned, zero contained

June 12, 2012 • Local News

A burned home located on Wolf Springs Loop near Ruidoso shows the devastation caused by a wildfire, Monday. (AP Photo)

Nearly 35,000 acres have been consumed by a fire sparked by lightning, which was first detected in the Lincoln National Forest on June 4. As of Monday morning, the fire was still zero percent contained. It is located in the Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest, including White Mountain Wilderness.

The Little Bear fire has now damaged or destroyed at least 35 structures in the Ruidoso area. The Incident Management team, in conjunction with the State Emergency Operations Center and the Lincoln County Emergency Manager, has assembled a damage assessment team. This team began work, Monday, to assess the damage and determine the number and condition of structures within the burned area.

Four hundred twenty- nine personnel have been sent to the scene. Fire officials were hoping for a break in the weather Monday. Over the weekend crews combated winds at 20 miles an hour or greater.

“The temperature and higher humidity are helping. However the cold front that’s coming in is blowing the wind from north to south and that makes us concerned in regards to the fire turning back toward the Village of Ruidoso,” said Sean Parker, deputy manager of the Village of Ruidoso.

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