Wildfires continue in Ruidoso, New Mexico and residents are being told to evacuate immediately as the fires spread.

The fire has resulted in the closure of Highway 48 and Highway 70 at Apache Summit, leaving Sudderth to Highway 70 and out to Roswell as the sole evacuation route.

Specific closures include State Highway 48 from Alpine Village/University to State Highway 220 and US 70 from mile marker 249 to mile marker 258.

Seeing live video of the fires as they continue is such a tough thing to witness, but another thing we are all witnessing is the support from other communities for these fire victims.

El Pasoans are stepping up and offering their homes, their trailers, and even their money to help Ruidoso residents who are fleeing the fires and may not have anywhere to go.

Officials are encouraging others to help out Ruidoso residents however they can and one way to help out is by making donations.

Urgently needed items include:

- Non-perishable foods
- Bottled water
- Baby supplies
- Dog and cat food
- Clothing
- Blankets
- Toiletries

Donation Drop-Off Locations:


  • City of Socorro: 705 Texas Ave, Socorro
  • The Dog Stop: 9895 Alameda Suite 109, Socorro
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility: 1983 Joe R. Silva Boulevard

Probation and Parole Offices in Southern New Mexico:

  • Las Cruces: 2635 West Picacho
  • Alamogordo: 1408 8th Street
  • Deming: 920 South Silver
  • Truth or Consequences: 411 East 3rd St. Suite 2

Roswell, NM:

  • Roswell National Guard Armory: 1 W Earl Cummings Loop

Online Donations:

Monetary donations can be made to the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. Additionally, the Mescalero Apache Tribe has set up a GoFundMe for fire relief.

Emergency Shelters:

Evacuees from the Mescalero Apache Reservation should proceed to the Community Center Gymnasium. For assistance, contact the Emergency Operations Center at 575-258-6900.

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