• Lynn Myers

The Second Three Rivers Update for 04/27/2021

Today is day two of the Three Rivers Fire. The briefing as posted on the Official Fire Information Site and the New Mexico Fire Information is as follows:

The Three Rivers Fire was first detected at 8:46 AM on Monday April 26, 2021. Approximately a ½ mile above the Three Rivers Campground, on the back side of the White Mountains in the Smokey Ranger District.

Smoke was visible from Hwy 57 and was also visible from much of Lincoln County. When first mapped it was said that the fire had burned approximately 30 acres and as of the SW Morning Situation Report (SMRS) on Tuesday April 27, 2021 , 8:56 AM for SWCC there have been 10,000 burned.

The fire has spread to Ski Apache and into the South Fork Bonito area. Although there has been some precipitation in the form of snow and rain there has been no containment. What this means is that the snow and rain have temporarily slowed the progress of the fire. It is expected that the winds will pick up this afternoon causing an increase in fire activity.

The good news is that per this morning’s summary of the briefing there have been no injuries, and no structures have been burned.

A Type-1 Incident Management Team is expected some time today and will be briefed this afternoon. They will be taking command of the incident tomorrow morning.

At this time, we have both ground crews and aircraft, consisting of air tankers and helicopters assigned to this fire. The aircraft will be used at those times when it is safe to fly. Additional resources will be arriving throughout the day.

It is important to know that the residents of the Village of Ruidoso and the surrounding area are safe. It is also equally important that if asked to evacuate at any time that you pay attention to the First Responders and leave as quickly as possible. Those who choose to stay behind are not only putting themselves at risk but are also putting the First Responders who will try to convince then to leave at risk. There is nothing as important as a life.

This is some additional information that may be of importance to those who are or have friends in the evacuation areas.

Evacuations: Road Closures:

Nogal Canyon Area Ski Run Rd.

Bonito Canyon Area Bonito Canyon Rd aka 107

Tanbark Nogal Canyon Rd aka 400

Church Three Rivers Trailhead and Campground

Ranchman’s Camp Monjeau at Sierra Vista

Loma Grande

Cora Dutton


Ski Apache

Evacuation Center:

Angus Church of the Nazarene – Church Camp – 200 Bonito Park Rd., Alto, NM 88316

Capitan Senior Center – 412 Tiger Dr., Capitan NM 88316

Ruidoso Downs Senior Center – 393 HWY 70 West Rd., Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346

( Evacuees with livestock may take their animals to Lincoln County Fairgrounds – 101 5th st., Capitan, NM

Please call (575) 336-8600 should you need assistance in transporting your animals)

I want to thank Steven Bunt for allowing me to use his exceptional shots of the Three Rivers Fire. Steven was borne and raised in the area is a Financial Adviser for Edward Jones. His family has been the area for several generations. Steven's father went to our own Ruidoso High School and was with the Forestry Service as a firefighter for more than 40 years. His Grandparents have lived in the Downs area for 560 years and to quote Steven "It is dear to my heart."

The pictures were taken yesterday evening around 9PM in locations North and East of the Three Rivers turn off from HWY 54. For those who don't know that would be approximately 17 miles South of Carrizozo on HWY 57 in Otero County.

These illustrates the beauty and tragedy of something so very influential on our community.

Be Safe and know we are in the best hands for this situation.

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