South Fork Fire

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Public Service Announcement 6/29/2024
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Notice 6.27.2024 (002)
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The Attorney General will hold a public meeting at the Lincoln County Planning Office, located at 109 Kansas City Rd., Ruidoso, NM 88345 at 11:30 AM.
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The re-entry map has been updated to include new areas now open to residents. The green shading indicates areas that are now open to residents. Please note that the red shaded areas are still EXCLUSION ZONES and residents are still not allowed into those areas. The blue shaded areas are NO ENTRY ZONES that have multiple access points to the Exclusion Zones and can still not be accessed by residents. The purple dots are traffic control points.

*Ruidoso Downs
*San Patricio areas and those in between!
*The National Weather Service has advised there is a possibility of flash flooding in the burn scar and downstream areas. Residents, and Emergency Personnel are urged to keep their eyes open for approaching storms. Move to higher ground and watch for lightning!
Update on Unaccounted Individuals as of 6/26/2024 3:30 PM
All individuals reported unaccounted for to the Lincoln County Sheriff's office HAVE BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR. 
Update on Unaccounted Individuals as of 6/25/2024 4:00 PM
Currently there are 42 parties in which the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to make contact with to verify their welfare. As we receive more information and are able to verify their whereabouts, we will update this number. The information on the list was compiled from multiple sources, including the Red Cross, Reunite Ruidoso Facebook page and various other sources. If you have been previously contacted and you are contacted again, please be patient as multiple deputies are working on this task. The welfare of the citizens is the most important priority of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

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Assessor Notice to the Public


Please see the message below from Otero County Electric Company regarding power outages.

"We have approximately 1,500 electric accounts in the Alto area experiencing power outages due to damage sustained from the South Fork Fire. We have identified just under 50 poles that were burned in the fire, including the main three-phase line south of Lakeshore, which feeds much of Alto Village, Ski Run Road, Gavilan Canyon, Upper Gavilan, Sierra Vista, and Villa Madonna.

We have around 60 crew members, including contractors, actively working to rebuild damaged infrastructure. Depending on the area and crews' daily progress toward repairs, members can expect outages to persist for several days. Yesterday's rainstorms, while helpful for fire suppression, made access difficult for restoration efforts.

It is difficult to give a possible time of restoration at this time, but our area line supervisor is hopeful that we can restore power to some areas of Alto by Friday night.

Our online Outage Map is up to date with all known outages. It is a good tool for determining which areas are currently affected by an outage. You can access it by clicking the red “Outage Map” button in the upper right-hand corner of our website,

You can also access the outage map and individual outage information using the SmartHub app on your phone or electronic device. Logging into your SmartHub account is the best way for an individual to determine whether they have power. If you are not using SmartHub, you can download it on your smartphone or electronic device or access it by clicking the “Pay Online” button in the upper right corner of our home page. You will need an account number and email address to sign up for access. 

With a lack of phone and internet service in the area, we are experiencing communication problems with our metering software that allows us to check individual meters and pinpoint exactly which accounts are out of power. Once communication is reestablished, we will be able to check individual accounts to determine whether they have power.

No phone or internet service is also impacting members’ access to security cameras. We kindly ask that you do not report an outage solely on not being able to access a camera. Because we are unable to check meters from the office, we must send a lineman to determine if you have electric service. With so many repairs to do in order for service to be restored to everyone, pulling a crew off to check a meter because you cannot connect to your camera is not a wise use of resources. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience. We are working hard to restore power as quickly as possible and will provide updates as progress is made."

A community meeting is scheduled for 5:00 PM Thursday, June 20, 2024. All community and new crews are welcome to join via Please note that a Facebook account is not needed to participate in the live stream. You may also find information on the South Fork Fire/Salt Fire at the information HUB at

For individuals trying to locate loved ones, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.


Shelf stable foods suitable for all diets, i.e. diabetic,  gluten free, veggie, etc
Ensure or similar drinks
Diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, etc.
Feminine hygiene products,  etc
Prepaid debit cards 
AAA, AA, C & D batteries
Paper towels and other paper goods
Pet food
We don't need clothing, toys or furniture at this time. 
Well revise this list as needs arise.
Robert Barber,  Director

For monetary donations, please donate at or to the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, you can Zelle to firesupport@pioneer or you can take donations to any pioneer bank and specify the fire that you are donating to.

-Roswell National Guard Armory
1W Earl Cummings Loop, Roswell, NM 
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
575-317-1828 (Please 1st Prior to dropping donations off)
-Tularosa Community Center
1050 North Bookout Rd.
8:00 AM -8:00 AM
Mescalero Community Center
108 Central
Animal Donations
278 Pine Street

The following is a list of evacuation centers:

ENMU Roswell – 52 University Blvd., Roswell, NM 88203

ENMU Fairgrounds – 2500 SE Main St., Roswell, NM 88203

NMMI – Godfrey Athletic Center – 101 W College Blvd, Roswell, NM 88201

Mountain View Church – 1300 Cuba Avenue, Alamogordo, NM 88310

Roswell Convention Center – 900 N Main St., Roswell, NM 88201

Carrizozo Hight School – 800 D. Avenue, Carrizozo, NM 88301

Christ Community Church – 2960 N Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, NM 88310

Church on the Move – 901 W Brasher Rd., Roswell, NM 88203

Ruidoso Convention Center – 111 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345 (20 individuals – elderly, mobility limited)


Animal Shelters

Capitan Fairgrounds – 101 5th Street, Capitan, NM 88316

Lea County Fairgrounds – 101 S Commercial Street, Lovington, NM 88260; 575-333-0252

Eddy County Fairgrounds – 3402 S. 13th Street, Artesia, NM 88210 (Horses/Cattle – 575-308-2367; Small Animals – 575-513-0479; RVs – 575-513-9139)

Current Maps: 

Resolution 2024-66 Lincoln County Disaster Declaration (South Fork Fire)
For questions, please call 202-794-5044.