When a devastating, wind-fueled wildfire blasted through a mountain village in southern New Mexico, Siddens’ mother was among those who made it out with only the clothes on her back.

According to Siddens, who maintained the RV park where she stayed, it was reduced to “metal frame rails and steel wheels.”
“I had maybe ten individuals relocated.” “They lost everything, including my mother’s home,” he claimed.

Since it broke out Tuesday near the village of Ruidoso, a vacation resort that draws thousands of tourists and horse racing lovers every summer, the fire has burned more than 200 homes and killed two people.

The adjacent mountainsides are littered with hundreds of residences and vacation cabins. Siddens’ RV park is close to where an elderly couple was discovered dead outside their burnt home this week.

Crews have been battling huge flames in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado this week, where a new blaze caused evacuations Friday near Lyons, some 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of Boulder, along the Rocky Mountain’s eastern front.
That fire was blazing in the Blue Mountains, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Estes Park, the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, along the Larimer-Boulder county boundary.

Power was restored to all but a few hundred customers in New Mexico, while evacuation orders for over 5,000 people remained in effect.

Donations flooded in from nearby villages, which are all too familiar with the devastation that wildfires can cause.
More than 240 homes were destroyed and nearly 70 square miles (181 square kilometers) of forest were blackened by a lightning-sparked blaze that ripped through part of the village of Ruidoso a decade ago, putting the vacation spot on the map with the most destructive wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history.

Mayor Lynn Crawford was rallying bereaved citizens once more on Friday as firemen attempted to avert wind-whipped flames from engulfing the community. She described their neighbors’ reaction as “wonderful.”

“So we have lots of food, clothes, and those kinds of things,” the mayor stated during a press conference. “But we still appreciate and need your prayers and your thoughts,” he said. “Once again, our hearts go out to the bereaved families and those who have lost their homes.”

The identities of the couple who died have yet to be released by authorities. Their bodies were discovered after concerned family members phoned police, claiming that the pair had planned to flee when the fire erupted on Tuesday but had gone missing later that day.
Ruidoso’s year-round population of roughly 8,000 people swells to about 25,000 during the summer months when Texans and New Mexicans seeking relief from hotter temperatures flock to the town.

Fans also go to Ruidoso Downs, which hosts one of the wealthiest quarter-horse races in the sport. The racing season was set to begin on May 27, and horses who board there are safe because the facility is used as a staging station by fire officials.
Over the previous several days, part-time residents have gone to social media, begging with fire officials for updates on specific neighborhoods, hoping that their family cottages were not among those damaged or burned.

People in the village called in to report more smoke on Friday afternoon, causing the hotlines to light up. This was due to flare-ups within the fire’s interior as the flames discovered pockets of unburned fuel, according to fire information officer Mike DeFries.
Despite the fact that the fire did not make any passes at the lines that firefighters had erected, he said it was still a difficult day for firefighters because of the single-digit humidity, rising temperatures, and wind.

Authorities said it was still too early to start allowing people into the area to inspect the damage. They begged for patience as firefighters worked to put out hot spots and create a stronger perimeter around the fire.

“It’s still an active fire area in there,” DeFries added, “and it’s not a safe location.” “Patience will be required.” At the same time, every action we take is aimed at putting out the fire and returning people to their homes as quickly as possible.”

The fire, which has burned more than 9.5 square miles (24 square kilometers) of woodland and grass in New Mexico, is suspected to have been started by a downed electrical line, according to authorities, and the investigation is continuing on Friday.

According to fire scientists, hotter and drier weather, along with decades of fire suppression, has contributed to a rise in the amount of acres destroyed by wildfires. A more than 20-year Western megadrought is exacerbating the problem, which studies have linked to human-caused climate change.


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