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White Fire near Ruidoso - photo by Mark Stambaugh
A fire which started at about 1:30 pm Sunday near the Gavilan Canyon Mobile Home Park, has rapidly moved to the north east, and burned over 6000 acres at last report.
The fire is burning in steep, and rough terrain and has burned east near Ruidoso Downs, across HWY 70 towards Forest Service Road 120.
High winds gusting at over 40 mph, and extremely dry conditions caused the fire advance.
White Fire - Photo by Jessica Snowden
Evacuations were taking place in some areas near the fire, including Billy the Kid Casino, located at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Several structures and out buildings have been destroyed.
Over 250 fire fighters are working on this blaze, and a Type II Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage it later today.
More Ruidoso Fire – News Resources:
For more info on this fire please visit the NM Fire Information web site.
View video from KOB news coverage of the White Fire in Ruidoso.
YouTube Video, from near Ruidoso Downs Race Track – from KRQE