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Winds Fan Wildfire Near Ruidoso

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 11:56pm

RUIDOSO - A wildfire northwest of the town of Ruidoso, once thought to be contained, has resparked due to high winds.

The Little Bear Fire is burning several miles north of Ski Apache.

Fire crews thought they contained the fire, but the winds became their biggest enemy.

So far 100 acres have burned, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

One air tanker and 4 fire crews are battling the fire, sparked by lightning.

From the website,, you could see the wildfire backlighting the mountains that overlook the town.

Local 4 spoke to two employees at Cafe Rio in Ruidoso who say the fire is growing.

"It's a pretty big fire. It's pretty big, it's billowing," said one worker, none of whom would give us their name. "It was blotting out the sky earlier, you can't see any stars. It's totally black," she said.

"Oh yeah, there's a ton of smoke. It looks pretty bad," said another worker, a cook at the restaurant. "I'm pretty concerned. I've fought some fires before and all that and I am definitely concerned," he said.

A viewer, Henry Quintana, sent in a picture of the fire, seen billowing in huge clouds over the trees.

Fire crews have another battle; the rough, steep terrain.
The U.S. Forest service sent us a picture, showing fire crews difficulty with the terrain in the White Mountain Wilderness in the Lincoln National Forest.

The smoke from the fire is anticipated to fall down into Ruidoso overnight.


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