UPDATE: All local communication has been restored. I thought I saw the Guard when I was in town. Martinez is FINALLY doing something about this. My humble opinion is that the presence of Steve Pearce here has helped push her into doing something more than meddling in local elections to get HER people in office.
The Ruidoso Free Press has the latest information:
“...The plan to fight the fire involves flanking the blaze to the north and south, forcing the blaze to the east, and working to take an advantage in a break in the weather to get around to the front and contain it.
However, forecasts for tomorrow indicate the wind – which has been primarily to the northeast – could shift to the southeast toward Ruidoso.
Representative Steve Pearce thanked fire officials and firefighters that were busy trying to protect homes and property, and asked everyone to pray for conditions that would be more favorable to putting out the blaze.
“We’ve already heard the suggestion that there will be winds tomorrow that will be unfavorable, so that would be a topic for your prayers tonight,” Pearce said. “Let’s work together as a community, but know that the troops that are in here are doing a great job of protecting this area.”…”
ORIGINAL POST: The Pink Flamingo is without internet service, maybe for quite awhile, thanks to Windstream. I called. They said it would be restored at 1:50 PM on the 9th. The person I talked to was just out of it. But, like she said, she was in Florida and didn’t know about fires in New Mexico. I know that phone service hasn’t been restored because I had a call from an aid to Congressman Pearce about a half hour ago – on my cell. There is no phone service in town.
So, if comments go un moderated, and you don’t see a post or two, you know the reason.
This thing is bad, folks. Last night it was about 2000 acres. This morning, it was at least 10,000 acres. The Verizon tower has burned. The emergency response towers have burned. Windstream’s microwave system has burned, ergo The Pink Flamingo is a refugee at the parents’ using my Samsung Galaxy Tab as an internet hub, bouncing off the Verizon tower near them.
A Type I management team is in place – with the big guns.
It is not good. Steve Pearce will be in later today.
The Pink Flamingo believes the you know what could hit the fan over this one folks.
Please pray. I have so many friends who live in the path of this one. It’s no where near my home, nor that of my parents. My mother is indoors due to her cardiac and breathing problems. I’ve been told there’s been a run on oxygen in town. They’re evacuating people with breathing problems out of the area. There’s not much more I can tell you.
With luck, you should be able to pick up information from the NM inci web.
It looks as if at least 17 structures, including homes have burned.
“…Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), New Mexico State Forestry, Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments and Ruidoso Downs Fire and area volunteer departments responded. Currently ordered 9-T1 hand crews, 36-Engines, 3 Helicopters, 7-water tenders, heavy air tankers are expected to be available through out the day tomorrow. Approximately 350 personnel are expected to be on the fire tomorrow.
Structures Threatened: N/A
Closures: The following roads have been closed due to extreme fire activity:
-State Highway 532 Ski Run Road at Mile Marker 3
Evacuations: All campgrounds West of Bonito Lake, Villa Madonna Subdivision, Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek Summer Homes, and Ski Apache. A shelter for evacuees will be set up at the Nazarene Church on Highway 48.
Smoke from the fire is impacting the community of Ruidoso and surrounding areas so please take precautions if you have any health or breathing issues….”
These photos were taken yesterday at sunset. The orange is sunset, not flame. The pink is the sun!
This is the twilight sky from my carport!