McBride Fire – Daily Update Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Reason: Under investigation
Start date: April 12, 2022
Location: Gavilan Canyon in the village of Ruidoso
Fuels: wood, brush, grasses
Burned structures: 207 primary structures, several
Personnel: 438 Deaths: 2 citizens
Highlights: Several pieces of firefighter equipment located in and around the fire area were vandalized. Law enforcement is involved and an investigation is underway.
With objectives continuing to be met, the South West Area Incident Management Team 2 (SWAIMT2) will begin escalating the fire to a Type 4 command structure Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. SWAIMT2 will provide a final written update on Wednesday, April 20. Schools resumed classes today. Expect increased traffic and congestion along Gavilan Canyon Road, in addition to fire and utility vehicles working in the area.
Operations: Yesterday there was no need for aircraft to assist with the bucket drop, but a fixed wing aircraft was used for a reconnaissance flight. This flight found minimal heat in the fire area, including Moon Mountain. Piles of debris at the north end of the fire, created during suppression efforts, are producing smoke visible to nearby residents. This fire activity does not pose a threat to the line of fire at this time and crews will remain on site to monitor. With fire activity decreasing, no fire growth for several days, and targets being met, resources are being freed up to help fight other fires located in New Mexico and Arizona.
Crews began implementing the suppression repair plan for the fire area. Fire suppression repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damage and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. This work usually begins before the fire is brought under control and before the demobilization of an incident management team. This work repairs hand and bulldozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.
Evacuations: All evacuations were lifted at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 17.
Safety: While the majority of communities have been repopulated for the past few days, we ask people to remain vigilant when driving in and around the fire area. There remains a strong presence of firefighters and utility company workers in the area. Reduce your speed, allow extra time to get to and from your home, and turn on your headlights to increase your visibility to other drivers. We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely and limit the impact on the teams completing the work. Avoid the fire area if you do not live in the communities to reduce disruption to fire operations.
Weather: Dry southwesterly winds are expected between 15 and 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. A fire weather watch has been issued for Wednesday.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place: Wildfires are a Drone-FREE zone. Flying recreational and media drones in a TFR is illegal and hinders fire suppression efforts. Report drones to local law enforcement. If you steal, we can’t!
Fire Inquiries: Public 505-356-2636 Media 505-445-8278 InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8061/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McBrideFire2022/
NM Fire Information: https://nmfireinfo.com/
Email: [email protected]