A burned SUV at a home located on Wolf Springs Loop near Ruidoso shows the devastation caused by a wildfire, Monday. AP Photo
Containment of the Little Bear fire climbed to 40 percent after firefighters continued to make headway on eastern and southern portions of the fire, which has consumed 37,912 acres, 224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings.
Total personnel surpassed 1,300 by Thursday morning, with 34 incident management crews. Resources committed included 74 fire engines, 10 helicopters and six bulldozers.
Dan Ware, spokesman for New Mexico Forestry Division, credited the increased containment to favorable weather conditions this week and hard work on the ground. He said work on the southern end of the fire is crucial to keeping the fire out of areas that would lead it into the upper canyon area outside of Ruidoso.
“The risk to communities south of the fire like Ruidoso is greatly reduced,” he said. “That’s not to say that (crews) are just going to go away now that those containment lines have been done. There are still crews in that area, and there is still a precautionary alert for folks who live in that area. They need to be vigilant. They need to be ready to go should the fire break through those containment lines.”