Swollow Fire Controlled – Quickly!

View From the Pink Flamingo's Front Yard

The Southwest in on fire.  PLEASE PRAY FOR RAIN!  I hear from a friend that the fire in Cochise County has jumped the highway and is heading into Sierra Vista.

I am sick and tired of these blasted fires.  This one, as the White Fire, was human caused.  Then again, they usually are.  The story is it started from a gas tank explosion.  I hear someone has been arrested.

Local news is reporting that 8 homes were either damaged or ruined.  I complain about a lot of things around here, but you WON’T hear me complain about our firefighters.  They are amazing.  The new local newspaper echoes that.

“…According to Lee, the fire was contained by 6:30 p.m., but scores of firefighters remained on the scene as a precaution.

Fire crews from Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as volunteer companies from across the county responded immediately, and the fire attack includes multiple runs with retardant by four SEAT planes and a heavy-duty helicopter which dropped water on the affected areas.

“The response to this fire was immediate and swift,” Lee said. “The quick work of all of the emergency personnel is what has kept this from becoming a much bigger incident.”

Lee added: “I can’t tell you how great it is to live in a community with firefighters that show so much competence and expertise.”

Lee said in addition to residential evacuations, livestock from the affected area was relocated and noted that as of 8:30 p.m. “there’s still a mother bear and a cub up there we’re trying to deal with.”…”


The Pink Flamingo was at the beauty shop when we heard the sirens.  That was about 2:45 or so.  By the time I went up on Meecham to the post office at 3:PM, I could see the smoke.  For once the local media did a decent job of covering the story.  I think the addition of the Ruidoso Free Press has managed to shake things up a bit.  The local radio station is also doing a much better job of coverage.

“...The fire, reported at 3 p.m., a spokesperson for the village of Ruidoso government told News 13. Shortly after 5 p.m. the incident commander reported the forward progress of the fire had been stopped with firefighters mopping up hot spots.

Firefighters were still mopping up hotspots.

Earlier the mayor of Ruidoso said the quick-moving fire destroyed seven or eight homes.

Initial reports said the fire began behind the K-Bob’s on U.S. Highway 70 and moved rapidly up a slope into the Pine Cliff subdivision.

Aerial video from News 13’s Skyranger showed several homes reduced to smolder rubble on both sides of one street just south of U.S. 70.

At 4:15 p.m. the fire was estimated at 10 acres. Flames were moving east and northeast on the south side of U.S. 70, officials said.

Ruidoso Village Manager Debbie Lee told News 13 there are about 400 homes in the Pine Cliff Subdivision.  The evacuation order extended from Pine Cliff to the Walmart on U.S. 70 and included a section of Ruidoso Downs.

Police said they want to question a person seen leaving the area where the fire began.  He was wearing a white shirt and carrying a backpack, witnesses said….”

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