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By Sean Olson / Journal Staff Writer on Thu, Jun 30, 2011
The Donaldson Complex Fire near Ruidoso tripled in size Wednesday, reaching close enough to Alamo Canyon for authorities to order evacuations Wednesday evening.
The Donaldson fire joined a growing number of blazes across the state that have burned more than 110,000 acres and triggered evacuations for residents.
Another fire broke out between Silver City and Santa Clara on Wednesday, causing the brief evacuation of between 30 and 40 homes.
That blaze, the 10-acre Moreno Fire, had burned three buildings but no homes as of Wednesday evening when the evacuations were lifted, said Dan Ware, New Mexico state forestry spokesman.
The lightning-caused Little Lewis Fire grew from 150 to about 1,000 acres Wednesday, and 250 homes in the communities of Weed and Sacramento southeast of Cloudcroft were evacuated, Ware said.
In south-central New Mexico, the Donaldson Complex Fire reached 45,000 acres. About 3,000 acres of the wildfire was on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation.
Officials were evacuating livestock out of Alamo Canyon, where the Donaldson fire had breached the ridge, and had initially issued “precautionary evacuation warnings” — meaning evacuation was not mandatory — for people with residences in the canyon, said Kerry Gladden of the Ruidoso Tourism Office. About 6 p.m., evacuations were ordered for residents.
Smoke from the Donaldson fire will continue to blow into Ruidoso, but the fire was not threatening the village Wednesday.
Firefighters, aided by favorable winds, continued efforts to keep the Las Conchas Fire away from the community of Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Crews had the Pacheco Fire near the Santa Fe ski area about a quarter contained by Wednesday evening, and the fire had not grown throughout the day.