Sheriff: Moon Mountain Fire was human caused

Submitted to KRQE News 13

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is working to figure out exactly how someone started the Moon Mountain Fire.

The Sheriff is now saying the blaze was human caused, but haven’t determined if it was arson.

The blaze grew to 175 acres on top of Moon Mountain. It threatened several homes and Ruidoso High School when it broke out last Monday.

Around 200 crew members fought the fire.

Fire officials say snowfall in the area helped contain the flames. 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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