RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (KRQE) - Lesser winds continue to aid firefighters trying to encircle the White Fire which has destroyed five homes since Sunday.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation as flames continue to move along its northwest flank now about two miles from Ruidoso Downs.
At its peak while being pushed by 60 mph winds on Sunday the fire grew rapidly and forced evacuations along U.S. Highway 70 and cleared patrons from the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino.
The fire is now estimated to have charred more than 10,000 acres. Firefighters spent the night patrolling the fire perimeter.
Evacuations have been lifted, and school is resuming today in both Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs.
Santa Fe police are working on a new way to put a stop to busy burglars. Instead of throwing them in jail they want to put them rehab.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Albuquerque and surrounding areas through 11 p.m. Thursday.
Tempers flared Wednesday night at the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education meeting as the firestorm over teacher evaluations and student testing continues.
An Albuquerque man says an emergency vet clinic turned away his dying dog because he didn't have enough cash in his pocket to pay to save him. The dog later died.
Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday in the final sentencing phase of John McCluskey's federal murder trial. The same jury that convicted him of killing an Oklahoma couple, must now decide whether McCluskey should face the death penalty.
Today’s top weather and news stories with Elizabeth Alvarez, Matt Mauro and meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke.
* Snow Storm
* Road Conditions
* N.E. Heights Winter Storm
*Weather in the West
* Sheriff Houston
* Toys for Tots
* Winter Weather Coverage
* Board of Education Meeting
* DWI Laws
* Anthony Stanford Sexual Harassment