Bonito Lake still struggles after fire

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – Bonito Lake, hit hard by the Little Bear Fire in 2012, is still struggling to recover.

Officials say 40 to 50 feet of silt has settled into the lake since the fire, and despite efforts to re-seed burned hillsides, this year’s rains have sent even more debris into the lake.

Alamogordo had used the lake as a source of water, but it can’t right now. At this point, the lake is also closed to fishing and camping.

The city is hoping to drain the lake soon to remove the silt and debris, but a plan is not yet in place.

The Little Bear Fire burned more than 44,000 acres in the Ruidoso area in the summer of 2012 and destroyed 242 homes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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