Update: Cienigita Fire on Mescalero Reservation – June 4, 2022 8:45 PM — Ruidoso-NM.gov

Airstrike just reported they now have slurry around 95% of the Cienigita fire on the Mescalero reservation. The last 5%, which is the heel of the fire, is worked by the Smokey Bear Hot Shots.

Out of an abundance of caution, Ruidoso Village has put Alpine Village, Cedar Creek, Upper Canyon West End, Brady Canyon, and Perk Canyon on READY status due to the fire.

Until tomorrow, this will be our last update tonight, unless further communication is warranted.

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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