Evacuations lifted for Mescalero; fire estimated at 1,300 acres


Residents around Ruidoso are back in their homes Sunday after evacuation orders were lifted for the Soldier Canyon Fire. 

The fire is estimated at 1,300 acres after starting Thursday, June 7 on the Mescalero Reservation in southern New Mexico. 

The fire was previously estimated to have burned about 2,500 acres, however, that estimate was reduced to 1,300 acres Friday evening. As of Tuesday, June 11, the fire is 90 percent contained. 

A type I incident command is on-scene fighting the fire. 

Highway 70 has been reopened in both directions.

People are being asked to stay clear of the fire area to make way for law enforcement and fire crews. 

Mike Smith with Mescalero Forestry says the fire appears to be human-caused. The exact cause remains under investigation. 

Fire danger is extremely high and fire restrictions remain in place for the Sacramento Mountain Range and Mescalero Apache lands.


  • Blank Canyon
  • White Mountain subdivision
  • Windy Point

Evacuation Locations: 

  • An American Red Cross Shelter has been set up at the Tribal Community Center, 101 Central Mescalero Ave., Mescalero, New Mexico and is available to people needing assistance, a safe place to stay, food and information.

Pre-Evacuation Steps:

Inside the house:

  • Gather medications
  • Pack a bag with clothing and essentials
  • Shut off air conditioning and fans
  • Shut all windows and doors before leaving
  • If you have time, gather paperwork and photographs that cannot be replaced

Outside the house:

  • Gather flammable items and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.)
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
  • Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters.
  • Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
  • Don’t leave sprinklers or water running; this can affect critical water pressure
  • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicles loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.


  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
  • Prepare livestock for transport and plan to move them to a safe location early
  • Pack food and medications for your pet

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