ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Little Bear Fire Ruidoso is battling poor New Mexico weather conditions today. The Little Bear Fire Ruidoso (fire map below) has reached thirty-seven thousand acres today. But while the fire is now forty-percent contained, officials are worried about deteriorating weather conditions.
Officials warn that wind gusts today could reach 35 mph. Additionally, relatively humidity is dropping to roughly five to ten percent while temperatures have reached 86 degrees.
In a news briefing today, officials confirmed that two hundred thirty-four structures have been loss in the Little Bear Fire. Of those, two hundred twenty-four were homes.
And while some roads got re-opened today, like Highway 48 to Captain, weather conditions are still prompting trouble for officials. âAll that sun coming through exposes that vegetation and fuel and higher heats- so we’re going to have more fire activity, we’ll see more smoke, we’ll see more torching- we’re expecting that and we’re prepared for that,â said Judith Dyess of Incident Command in a news statement today.
But if weather improves, burnout on the fire’s northern leg could be achieved. “On the northeastern flank, containment lines are in place for a burnout if weather permits. Patrol and mop up will continue on the east and southeastern perimeters” officials tell news. Evacuations today continue for subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, and Sierra Vista.
Also still under evacuation are Sonterra 1 and 2, Copper Canyon, Loma Grande, Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Sun Valley and La Junta. For the latest fire map and update, click HERE.