ALTO, N.M. (KRQE) – Crews are continuing to contain the Ball Field Fire that started around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8 off of Ski Run Road and Highway 48 above the ball fields in Ruidoso. The High County Lodge is a mandatory evacuation area. Those evacuating are directed to the Community Center in Ruidoso.
The evacuation notice for Upper Gavilan, West Gavilan, Alto Village, Alto Alps, and Sun Valley has since been lifted, though residents are urged to stay on alert for future notices. The public was asked to avoid the area of Alto Lake and Ski Run Road.
In a video posted to his Facebook page, Lincoln County Sheriff Mike Wood said that a helicopter was requested which filled from Alto Lake to dump on the fire.
Crews from the following agencies initially reported to the fire: Ruidoso Police Department, United States Forest Service, Mescalero Fire & Rescue, Bonito Fire & Rescue, Glencoe Fire, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Lincoln County Emergency Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Carlsbad Wildland Fire. All county and volunteer crews have since been released from the scene.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is under investigation.
According to the Village of Ruidoso Facebook page, the fire is about 25 acres in size and is 75% contained. In total, the Village of Ruidoso states there were 18 firefighters on the ground Wednesday ensuring the fire stays within its containment lines. Trucks and personnel have come from Capitan State Forestry and the United States Forest Service in addition to the VOR Public Works Department.
As of Wednesday evening, the Village of Ruidoso states there is very little smoke. Highway 48 has reopened in both directions.
On Thursday, the Ruidoso Fire Department reported there was a structure fire on Grindstone Road. That fire has since been extinguished and firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to the wildland. Two individuals who were in the structure got out without any injuries.