Rain, steady progress on Little Bear

June 17, 2012 • Local News

The Little Bear fire burns in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain in the White Mountain Wilderness of the Lincoln National Forest near Ruidoso and Alto, June 6. As of Saturday, the fire had consumed more than 38,000 acres, more than 234 structures and was 51% contained. Mark Wilson Photo

Firefighters continued to attack active areas of the Little Bear fire, which held at 51 percent containment Saturday and is 38,144 acres in size. Lincoln County emergency managers have estimated that damages caused by the fire, which has destroyed 234 structures, stands at more than $22 million.

Crews improved containment lines on the west side of the fire, where the fire is most active. Patrol and mop up continued around the remainder of the fire.

“The focus continues to be where there is active burning,” said Victoria Fox, incident information officer. “It’s a 24/7 operation, and so each day steady progress is being made in those areas toward containment.”

Lincoln County received rain Saturday for the first time since the beginning of the Little Bear fire. Residents within 100 yards of creeks and streams in low lying areas were asked to evacuate their homes Saturday Login to read more

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