Fire crews continue to battle Moon Mountain Fire in Ruidoso

Moon Mt. Fire

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – Crews are battling a fire near Ruidoso that began Monday afternoon.

Ruidoso High School and Ruidoso will be canceled again on Wednesday, March 30.  All other schools in the district will be back open.

Officials say the fire did not progress overnight and all of the lines are holding. The main obstacle Tuesday into Wednesday has been the wind, with gusts up to 60 miles an hour.

The focus on Wednesday will be on mopping up and putting out an hotspots, especially around the high school.

“This time of the year in Ruidoso the winds are very unpredictable and that as you can see it’s swirling all around us and that is going to continue to intensify as the day goes on,” said Rico Smith, fire information officer.

Aircraft support is also working to aid the fire efforts. On Monday, fire officials reported that there had been several successful air drops.

The fire is burning on Lupine Loop on Moon Mountain. Officials say the wind is blowing the fire away from the village, but they are taking many precautions for residents.

On Monday, schools in the area were evacuated as a precaution. However, firefighters say there is not imminent danger.

All Ruidoso Municipal Schools were cancelled on Tuesday, March 29, due to the fire.  Officials say the fire came within about 50 yards of the school.

Right now there is no threat to any homes in the area. There has been a pre-evacuation alert put out.

Residents who live near the fire say they have  been getting things ready just in case they have to leave their homes.

“We were grabbing titles, warranty deeds, personal sentimental things that mattered most to us,” said Diana Lewallen, Ruidoso resident.

Officials are asking residents to avoid Hull Road, Paradise Canyon Road and Gavalin Canyon Road. Police are also going door-to-door to on either side of Moon Mountain from Warrior Drive to Meander Drive, letting people know of the possibility of an evacuation.

“This has been an amazing effort between firefighters and law enforcement. Our citizens should be proud because our crews are dedicated go-getters that will go the distance,” said Chief Vincent.

The fire reached up to 175 acres, but is now estimated to be at 125 acres. Officials say containment is at 30-percent.

Crews will be continuing to work the lines overnight to gain ground on the fire in an attempt to get further containment.

No word yet on how it started. 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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