242 homes, 39K acres, 60% contained

June 20, 2012 • Local News

Mark Stambaugh, owner of Angus Firewood, surveys the charred debris left after his business fell victim to the Little Bear fire near Ruidoso, on June 11. AP Photo

The Little Bear fire stands as the most destructive fire to homeowners in New Mexico history, surpassing the 235 homes burned as a result of the Cerro Grande fire in 2000. The Little Bear fire has destroyed 242 residential structures and 12 outbuildings, resulting in damages estimated at more than $22 million.

“One house is too many to lose,” said Dan Ware, New Mexico State Forestry spokesman. “And unfortunately, we live in a time right now where fires are becoming more and more dangerous. Our hearts go out to those who lost their homes. …

“Any time there is damage to property, whether it’s a home or other things on the property, it’s tragic.”

David Shell, fire information officer, commented, “On the fortunate side, no Login to read more

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