Update: Cienigita Fire on the Mescalero Reservation – June 5, 2022 8:30 a.m. — Ruidoso-NM.gov

We don’t see much smoke this morning in the village because of the Cienigita fire. This is partly due to cooler temperatures and lower wind speeds. We expect to see more smoke as the day heats up. Winds are expected to be 15-20 mph today. A type 3 incident management team was ordered yesterday. It usually takes 24 hours for these teams to arrive.

We’ll continue to update you here as we learn more.

At this time, the West End of Upper Canyon, Brady Canyon, Perk Canyon, Cedar Creek, and Alpine Village remain on READY status out of an abundance of caution. See the link below for more information on the READY, SET, GO! multi-level evacuation preparedness plan.

Learn more about the New Mexico Ready, set, go! multi-level evacuation program.

Ready – get ready

  • Create a family disaster plan that includes meeting places and communication plans and practice it regularly. Include the evacuation of large animals, such as horses, in your plan.

  • Pack an emergency kit or travel bag. The NM Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Preparation Guide is a good resource for what to include. Keep an extra kit in your vehicle. Don’t forget important family documents like birth certificates, wills, deeds and insurance policies.

The 6 P checklist:

  • people and pets

  • Important papers, phone numbers and documents

  • Prescriptions, vitamins and glasses

  • Photos and irreplaceable memories

  • Hard drive and personal computer disks

  • “Plastic” (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash

Set – Be ready to go

  • Monitor fire weather and fire status. See inciweb.nwcg.gov and nmfireinfo.com. Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for updates and check official news sources on the internet

  • Have an evacuation plan in place for your family and pets and ensure that all family members have a copy of the evacuation and contact information.

  • Load your supplies and backpacks into your vehicle.

Go ahead – Act early, evacuate

  • Don’t wait to be told to leave if there is a possible threat to your home or your escape route. Leave early enough to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or traffic jams. If the local authorities advise you to leave, do not hesitate. If you don’t follow the Go order, understand that emergency services may not be able to help you.

  • Head to a pre-determined location in a low-risk area, such as a relative’s home, a Red Cross shelter or evacuation center, motel, or school. Identify multiple routes in case your first choice is closed due to the fire.

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