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Wildfire burns in Sacramento Mountains; aid coming to heroes, residents

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The Three Rivers Fire continues to threaten Southern, New Mexico.

CBS4 is continuing to monitor the 6,100 acre burn in the Lincoln National Forest.

Due to the rain and the snow that fell on the fire Tuesday morning, the conditions in Ruidoso, NM are better than they were the day before, but the fire risk is still very high.

Lincoln County Sheriff Michael Wood said the cause of this burn, is still unknown.

“Nobody wants to lose their life, their property or our forests, and whomever may have started this, you don’t want to be that guy,” Wood said.

Nazarene Church Camp is just one of the three evacuation centers open helping residents and first responders.

Anthony Torres is there with his Runners Refuge team.

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Caption: Salina Madrid reports on{{ }}Wildfire burns in Sacramento Mountains; aid coming to heroes, residents

“Runners Refuge is designed to respond to crises relief and disaster relief,” Torres said.

This is the same organization that responded to the El Paso Walmart mass shooting.

Their job, is to provide food to those in need.

“Once we heard that the fire here was growing, people were being evacuated, we activated the team and we headed up here yesterday,” Torres said.

Robert Barber, a volunteer with Red Cross, is taking the lead on providing residents shelter at the Nazarene Church Camp.

“We are prepared to help as many as 100, if not more. I have the capability to reach out to Las Cruces and Albuquerque for additional resources. We’re here to support the evacuees in whatever way we can,” Barber said.

Capitan Police Chief Randy Spear had an unusual job these past few days, which was to check in on the animals.

The fire posed a threat to hundreds of them in the forest. The Lincoln County Fairgrounds has opened their stables to provide shelter.

“Just like humans, they’re an animal and they’re going to seek safety, and the smoke as heavy as it was yesterday it affects an animal the same way it does a human, they’re breathing and everything else,” Spear said.

Wood said he is extremely grateful for how the community has come together during this weather crisis.

“We’ve had nothing but cooperation from everybody in this county in terms of the evacuations. People have come out for this kind of thing, and I’m touched, I’m blessed, we are so fortunate,” Wood said.

Some evacuations were lifted on Tuesday as crews continue to battle the fire. Those include:

  • Ski Run Road up to the Eagle Lakes turn
  • Villa Madonna
  • The Bonito corridor below the Bonito Lake dam (Tanbark will remain CLOSED as it is above the dam)
  • Nogal Canyon Road up to the Nogal Peak trailhead AND all inhabited areas west of Highway 37 including
  • Loma Grande
  • Cora Dutton Road
  • Ranchman’s Camp
  • Magado
  • The Church Mountain area will also be open.

The burn is still 0% percent contained.

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