All evacuations lifted as firefighters continue battle against McBride Fire
RUIDOSO, NM (KCBD) - People are returning to their homes as containment efforts continue on the McBride Fire. Authorities are still saying the fire is 56 percent contained as of Sunday morning, after it was considered uncontained on Friday.
The power is back on in Ruidoso for all but about 50 customers, and some of the area was in a “repopulation mode” as of Saturday night.
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Fire officials expect containment efforts to improve over the weekend, thanks to more favorable weather like higher humidity and less wind. Fire crews have been working to build fire lines and steer flames away from the village. Officials said the majority of the uncontained areas are spot fires, as opposed to one fire line.
The fire has killed two people, burned more than 200 homes, and swept across nine square miles of the Lincoln National Forest.
Investigators say a downed power line started the fire on Tuesday.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham visited the area on Friday, saying, “The focus has to be on containment, right? Controlling the fire. Getting the fire to end.”
She made her comments at the Ruidoso Convention Center on Friday afternoon, speaking with local first responders.
“Those images never leave your mind,” Grisham said. “And for the first time in a long time, New Mexico looks like what we’ve seen play out on the West Coast.”
The governor also checked on local donations in the area, from hygiene products to clothes and towels. Cases of drinks are still coming in to help families in need.
A Lubbock woman has organized a supply drive if you’d like to help.
The governor says she’s already thinking about prevention strategies for future wildfires: “We are going to have to do more and be more innovative and creative and I can’t think of the last time we talked about, ‘Are we teaching fire prevention safety at schools?’”
Talking to the families who have already lost so much, Grisham said, “I can’t take away your pain, but I will do everything I can to ease your burden.”
New Mexico State Police say all evacuation orders have been lifted as of Sunday morning.
All Evacuations Lifted in McBride Fire Area
Ruidoso, NM – The Type1Incident Team, together with the New Mexico State Police, the Village of Ruidoso, and Lincoln County officials are lifting all evacuation orders in the McBride Fire area.
Residents in the following areas will be allowed to return at 10:00 AM today:
- Gavilan Canyon from Warrior Drive south to HWY 70
- Lower Eagle Creek
All residents are asked to continue to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid any downed power lines or damaged trees.
The Ruidoso Convention Center remains open, and the Red Cross and Salvation Army are on scene to provide hot meals, water, and support to evacuees. T-Mobile is also offering free mobile phones.
Fire Information: Public 505-356-2636 Media 505-445-8278
NM Fire Information: https://nmfireinfo.com/
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