Little Bear Fire Update: Containment 50+ percent

June 16th, 2012 at 1:18 pm by under Wildfires

Cooler and cloudy conditions bring the first real chance of rain since the fire began 12 days ago but also raise the alert for flash flooding.

Little Bear Fire June 16, 2012 – 9 a.m.

Fire Facts:

  • Start Time/Date:  Monday, June 4, 2012
  • Location:  Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Fuels:  Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
  • Size: approx.  38,144 acres
  • Containment:  51 %
  • Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,425; crews: 12 Type 1, 23 Type 2; engines: 85; helicopters: 6 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 13; water tenders: 19
  • Today’s Weather: 70-80 degrees, relative humidity 30-40%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 35 mph
  • Injuries: 3
  • Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)

Road Closures:

  • NM 532 (Ski Run Road) from NM 48 junction to Forest Road 127A is open to residents only

Area Closures:

  • The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.


Cool, cloudy weather and higher humidity present the first real chance of rain since the beginning of the Little Bear Fire. Firefighters will remain vigilant for flash flooding in canyons on the fire today.

Interior islands of unburned fuel will smolder today, creating very little smoke. Crews will be improving containment line on the west side. Patrol and mop up continue around the remainder of the fire.

Evacuations and reopenings:

  • All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake
  • Angus
  • Bonita Park
  • All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open.
  • Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only.
  • Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic.


  • A community meeting will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at 7:00 p.m.
  • A community meeting will also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.


  • Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road
  • Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan.

Pets and livestock may be taken to:

  • Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784)
  • Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643)
  • Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814)
  • Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9841 or 575-378-1039)
  • Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027)
  • Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056)
  • New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758)
  • Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351)
  • Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297)
  • Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019)


  • Many residents of the community have expressed interest in making monetary donations to the firefighting organizations. Local fire departments should be considered first.
  • Additionally, the following websites provide avenues for making donations: and

Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health website or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161.

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