Real

August 25th, 2011

Cloudcroft New Mexico real estate, vacation homes, cabins, ranches, property, rentals, agents. Master resource list for area Realtors. Web sites, phone numbers, contact information, for sale listings.

Blue Canyon Realty

www.BlueCanyonRealty.com. 575-682-BLUE (2583), 202 US Hwy 82, Cloudcroft, NM, email: info@Bluecanyonrealty.com.

We are PASSIONATE about providing the highest level of Real Estate service available, and in that pursuit, the best Realtors are invited to join Blue Canyon. Year after year, Blue Canyon Realty helps over five times more people buy and sell mountain properties than the average Cloudcroft real estate office. We offer big city experience and small town commitment to helping those we serve. Mountain properties can be more complicated than city properties. We are COMMITTED to providing the very best real estate experiences.

Blue Water Real Estate

We are Cloudcroft’s most established Real Estate Offices. Whether you are looking for a full or part time residence, cabin or town home, land or lot, ranch or commercial property, it’s easier than you think to get the property of your dreams, and we are here to help you! We are located in the Beautiful Burro Exchange Building on Burro Street just behind the Post Office. Give us a call (toll-free) 877 682-3566, email info@bluewaterrealestatenm.com, or visit our Web Site.

Cloudcroft Properties

Our staff of professional agents is proud of the many years of real estate service to both buyers and sellers. Stop by. Have a cup of coffee and a cookie. Pick up free area maps and brochures and let us show you the area and our community. For more information, call (877) 478-0426 (toll free) or (575) 682-4555, or see our Web Site. You can FAX us at: (575) 682-4556.

Gary Mack Real Estate

We’ve got what you want at Gary Mack Real Estate. We will take care of all your real estate needs. We offer quality service because our customers are our top priority. So the next time you are in the Cloudcroft area, stop by and say hi. Gary Mack Real Estate, where the coffee is always hot and the smiles are always free. For additional information, please visit our Web Site.

RE/MAX Green Mountain Real Estate

RE/MAX Green Mountain Real Estate offers a complete package of real estate needs to the public. Our operation consists not only of property sales, but also the most active construction firm in the area and a home design staff. Our most notable accomplishments recently have been the development of The Woodlands and Bear Park subdivisions and the construction of the Burro Street Exchange in downtown Cloudcroft. Considering these services, and combined with in-house financing ability for customers, people agree that we are the most comprehensive real estate firm in the Cloudcroft area. This has made us a dependable, steady leader in the field of real estate. Call (575) 682-2537 or visit our Web Site for more information.

THE EVERETT TEAM at Blue Canyon Realty

See all our newest listings at www.CloudcroftRE.com. 575-430-0510

The Everett Team offers Specialized Real Estate Services for buying & selling mountain properties. Our seven Team Members specialize, allowing us to be “The Best” at what we do. We believe every client deserves exclusive representation by a specialist. Listing Specialist, Randy Everett, Qualifying Broker and Blue Canyon Realty owner is 100% devoted to selling listings, selling more properties than any other Realtor on the mountain for the past three years. We offer an extensive marketing program, spending thousands monthly in traditional and internet advertising for our listings. Everett Team Buyer Specialists exclusively serve and represent you when you want to buy; they know the mountain properties by heart. Stop by & see us at 202 Hwy 82, right in the heart of Cloudcroft. Call our office at 575-682-BLUE and always ask for THE EVERETT TEAM.

Mountain Dove Realty

MountainDoveRealty.com. Photo Web Site. Serving YOU who desire to be a step ahead of the crowd. LAND, Cabins, Homes, Ranches, Commercial. Retirement, Recreational in the Forested Mountains. Be informed contact Betty A. Olsen Owner/Broker/Listing Agent — Licensed here since April, 1991. (575) 687-3769.

Spur Landing

For details, call 575-682-2700 or email info@spurlanding.com.

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Special

August 26th, 2011
Fire Photos Correspondence Follow Up

Scott Able Fire
On May 11, 2000 at about 3:30 pm, a fire began in Scott Able Canyon, about 15 miles south of Cloudcroft. The source of the fire was a downed power line. Before being extinguished, the fire consumed 16,034 acres and 64 homes. It also indirectly took the lives of 2 men, who died when their fire spotter plane crashed on takeoff.

Beginning the first day, Cloudcroft Online provided full-time coverage of the fire. In spite of the fire´s severity and the danger to area residents, other media virtually ignored the fire, concentrating instead on the fire at Los Alamos, which was burning at the same time. Our daily coverage of the Scott Able Fire is given below.

Day 1 Coverage – May 11, 2000
Day 2 Coverage – May 12, 2000
Day 3 Coverage – May 13, 2000
Day 4 Coverage – May 14, 2000
Day 5 Coverage – May 15, 2000
Day 6 Coverage – May 16, 2000
Day 7 Coverage – May 17, 2000
Day 8 Coverage – May 18, 2000
Day 9 Coverage – May 19, 2000

Our fire coverage photos are listed below.

Photos 1-4
Photos 5-7
Photos 8-10
Photos 11-12
Photos 13-15

Here´s a selection of the emails we received during our fire coverage.

Here are some really nice photos of the aftermath of the fire taken on May 20 by Diane Bazar. Her son, Michael, has written an interesting account of his evacuation from Bonita Vista at the start of the fire, which is available here.

Our thanks to each and every Cloudcroft Online visitor that supported us and contributed to our efforts to cover this fire.

Penasco

August 25th, 2011

Penasco Fire

April 30, 2002 — A forest fire of unknown but suspicious origin began today (Tuesday) at mid-afternoon near Cloudcroft. At 10pm the blaze was still considered out of control.

The fire has involved about 250 acres with some crowning. It is located about 14 miles Southeast of the Village on NM 130 (about 4 miles from Ponderosa Pines golf course and subdivision).

Winds are 15 to 25 mph Northerly. The Village of Cloudcroft is in no immediate danger, but is on alert.

Slurry planes were used in fighting the blaze during the afternoon.

No property damage reported at this time. Several residences are located in the fire area.

This reporter was escorted into the fire zone this evening by Otero Country Sheriff’s deputies. The fire fighting process is in the containment phase. Here are several pictures of isolated hot spots.

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Photo 2

Rio Penasco Fire

The Rio Penasco Fire, as it is being called, which began during the afternoon Tuesday, continues to burn about 14 miles from the Village of Cloudcroft on Hwy 130.

No reports of property loss or injury. The only evacuations have been in the immediate fire area.

Gusty winds are complicating containment efforts but law enforcement officials on the scene indicated fire fighting efforts were going well.

Cloudcroft.com was on the scene earlier this evening and was given a Sheriff’s office escort to the fire’s perimeter. We witnessed several hot spots and some crowning of the fire due to the severe dry conditions.

The Village of Cloudcroft is not considered in immediate danger.

May 1, 2002, 9am — Cloudcroft.com just returned from the scene of the Rio Penasco Fire.

High winds are hindering fire fighting efforts, but, according to the project information officer, the fire has been burning in a circular, hurricane-like pattern. This means the fire is having to feed on fuel that has already burned, which could help in efforts to quell the blaze.

Officially the Forest Service still has 250 acres as involved. Sheriff’s office estimates are at 300 acres. No reports of injuries or property loss.

Winds are gusting up to 45 miles per hour, making it impossible to get a handle on the fire. Firefighters are concentrating on property defense. There are several homes in the immediate fire area. All have been evacuated.

The Village of Cloudcroft is approximately 15 miles from the blaze and is considered not to be in immediate danger.

If there is any change in the situation, we will report it on Cloudcroft.com.

These pictures were taken Wednesday morning. Because of the unpredictable winds, we were not allowed to go closer to the fire.

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Photo 5
Photo 6

May 1, 2002, 4pm — The wind has been a definite negative in the fighting of the Rio Penasco Fire, burning out of control about 17 miles from Cloudcroft between NM 130 and Highway 82 near Mayhill.

Winds of up to 50 miles per hour kept fire fighters off the fire lines today for the most part. Their main goal today has been property protection.

Slurry planes have been grounded due to the winds.

Winds are subsiding a little this afternoon but are still high.

Two homes have reportedly been lost near Mayhill. The amount of involvement has increased from 250 acres this morning to about 800 acres this afternoon. No injuries have been reported. About 1000 fire fighters and support crew are working on this blaze with more reinforcements expected soon.

Voluntary evacuations have been instituted in Curtis Canyon and in and near the Village of Mayhill.

Should evacuations of other areas be announced, law enforcement officials ask that the evacuation notices be acted upon quickly due to the high winds and volatility of this fire.

An evacuation center has been opened at the high school in Cloudcroft.

Updates on Cloudcroft.com when new information is received.

May 2, 2002, 7:30am — High winds have caused the Rio Penasco fire to balloon from 250 acres yesterday to over 11,000 acres today.

As many as 20 structures are said to have been destroyed.

800 persons have been voluntarily evacuated. An evacuation center is set up at the Cloudcroft High School.

The fire’s movement this morning is North Easterly.

Portions of NM 130 and US 82 have been closed.

No injuries reported. Winds are calmer today.

May 2, 2002, 4:45pm — “This fire is a heartbreaker,” said one Otero County Sheriff’s office official.

The Rio Penasco fire, with it’s hottest area located between NM 130 and US 82 near Mayhill, moved from a 250 acre fire yesterday to an estimated 1000 acres of involvement today.

Slurry planes attacked the fire with a vengeance this morning…the huge tanker planes flying in and dropping their red fire retardant at a frequency of about one drop a minute.

The winds picked up again this afternoon. Fire fighters were drawn back from the fireline. The tankers were grounded. A day that started with optimism has ended in uncertainty. Officials are hoping to continue retardant drops this evening when the winds die down.

No one is willing to speculate on when the fire will be declared under control.

The Rio Penasco fire has indirectly claimed one life. William Myers is said to have likely started the blaze accidentally. Today he committed suicide, leaving behind a note saying he just couldn’t live with himself. Myers lived near Mayhill. The Otero county sheriff’s office says the fire was probably started by a faulty spark arrester on Myers’ 4-wheel ATV.

About 600 firefighters are on the blaze. As many as 7 tankers are dropping retardant when winds permit. They are backed by several spotter aircraft.

A shelter for those displaced by the fire has been set up at the Cloudcroft High School.

Cloudcroft is not considered in immediate danger.

Here are some more photos taken today (May 3).

May 3, 2002, 12am — Linda Green of Mayhill has kindly provided these photos of the fire taken on Wed, May 1 (the first day).

Linda Green´s Photos (taken May 1).

May 3, 3003, 10:15am — Command changes have slowed down the flow of information this morning.

According to this morning’s briefing, there has been no increase in the amount of acreage involved (9500 acres). No new reports of any property loss.

The Village of Mayhill continues to be threatened by the movement of the fire, which broke through containment lines yesterday afternoon after winds picked up.

The Village of Cloudcroft is in no immediate danger.

9 slurry planes are taking advantage of calmer winds this morning in a constant attack. Forecasts indicate winds may pick up again this afternoon.

5% containment. 20 structures burned (at least two homes).

No injuries (other than the reported suicide of the person suspected of accidentally starting the blaze).

Resources committed — 9 air tankers, 6 helicopters, 18 engines, 12 dozers, 11 water tenders, 8 Type I crews and 17 Type II crews.

An evacuation center is being maintained at Cloudcroft High School.

May 3, 2002, 11:30am — Here are two views of the fire looking Southeast from US 82 from just above Cloud Country that were shot by Preston Brashear on May 2 at 8pm.

Photos by Preston Brashear (taken May 2).

May 3, 2002, 5:30pm — Yesterday fire officials were saying the Rio Penasco fire was 5% contained.

Today they say it is 10-12% controlled.

Slurry planes kept up a feverish attack on the fire this morning until winds grounded them. Large water-bearing helicopters took up the attack, but they were unable to carry as much retardant as the planes. Over 70,000 gallons of retardant has been applied.

Yesterday, Cloudcroft.com observed a fireline on the other side of the mountain crest from Hwy 82. Today that fireline had moved over the top of the mountain and was headed toward ranches and homes near the highway. Many of those residences are in clearings, which gives them better chances of survival. Some are not.

One report today put the amount of burned forest at 15,400 acres (up from the 9500 acres reported late yesterday).

Compared to the Scott Able Fire near the same area 2 years ago, the Penasco fire has caused much more damage. The Scott Able Fire was under control after 3 days. After 3 days, the Penasco Fire remains a threat.

Officials have been unable to update property damage assessments because of the volatility of the fire, making it impossible to send in ground units. Yesterday’s report of 20 buildings destroyed is still the official estimate, but it is expected to go higher.

Still no injuries reported.

Law enforcement agencies from other New Mexico counties have come into the area to prevent looting and to maintain traffic control.

Tomorrow will hopefully be a better day, with winds expected to be less than since the fire began. Slurry planes are back in the air this afternoon and ground crews are able to move in.

The Village of Mayhill has been declared out of immediate danger. The Village of Cloudcroft is not considered in the path of the fire, but smoke from the blaze could be seen from Cloudcroft this afternoon, putting Villager’s on edge.

Unless there is a drastic change in the status of the Rio Penasco fire, Cloudcroft.com’s next report will be tomorrow morning.

Photos taken this afternoon (May 3).

May 4, 2002, 8:30am — Sacramento Mountain residents woke this morning to the drones of helicopters and tanker planes working to reclaim the forest from the Rio Penasco Fire.

Because of more cooperative winds, the Rio Penasco Fire is now 50% contained. Wind conditions are expected to be favorable for fire fighting today and Sunday.

20 structures (mostly homes) have been destroyed, but officials are saying 600 others remain in danger despite the fact that they are getting a handle on the blaze.

Mayhill, New Mexico, once in serious jeopardy from advancing flames, is now considered safe.

While smoke was visible in Cloudcroft yesterday, the Village was not in the path of the fire.

Crews continued to prepare structures near the fire for protection by setting back fires and removing fuel along Hwy 82 and James Canyon.

Today’s forecast: Winds 12mph, 71 degrees, 9 percent RH. No moisture in the forecast.

Resources: 15 type I crews (best trained). 27 type II crews (support). 7 helicopters, 11 air tankers, 21 engines, 12 dozers, 4 camp crews, 984 total personnel.

Many of the assets working the Ryan fire in Arizona have been moved to the Penasco fire since the Arizona blaze is considered 100% contained.

No injuries reported. One death associated indirectly with the fire.

Officials say it is still too early to predict when the 4-day-old fire will be totally contained.

May 4, 2002, 5:00pm — “The weather gave us a good shot today.”

So says a Forest Service official that stated the crews (numbering close to 1000) are engaged in cleaning up existing hot spots in the Rio Penasco Fire and making sure contained areas stay that way.

Since there were no official news briefings this weekend, the amount of containment remains at 50%, but Cloudcroft.com observed considerably less fire and smoke this afternoon and no advancement of the blaze in any direction according to law enforcement officers manning perimeters.

Credit for keeping a disaster from turning into a more tragic loss of property was given to local crews…the Mescalero Hot Shots, the Sacramento Mountain Hot Shots, and various engines associated with the Lincoln National Forest fire teams…who secured properties during the out-of-control situation that existed from Tuesday through Friday.

The property loss is still officially 20 structures. Assessment of how many of those structures are homes is on-going. Earlier concerns that the property loss total would be much higher has been dampened by today’s dramatic progress in containing the fire.

Satellite images indicate there are hot spots still existing in the Southwest and Northeast areas of the fire grid.

While some 600 homes remain in potential danger, a special team was assigned this morning to coordinate the return of residents to their homes.

The Villages of Mayhill (in serious danger in the earlier stages of the fire) and Cloudcroft (out of the effective range of the fire) are now considered safe from this, the worst wildfire this season so far in the nation.

Unofficial response to the question of when the fire will be declared 100% contained is probably tomorrow or Monday if the weather continues to cooperate.

Photos taken May 4, late afternoon.

May 4, 2002, 11:30pm — Here´s the latest AP report on the fire:

MAYHILL, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters continued their steady progress Saturday against a 15,500-acre wildfire that had destroyed at least 20 structures in southern New Mexico. Officials said the blaze was 60% contained.

“It went real well today. The line that had been established is holding,” fire information officer Donna Nemeth said.

Fire crews were expected to turn their focus to the fire’s eastern edge; full containment was predicted by midweek.

Firefighters were conducting a survey to determine how many of the burned structures were homes, Nemeth said. The Otero County Sheriff’s Department allowed some residents to temporarily visit the area Saturday.

Much of the progress on the fire came Friday when winds declined, temperatures cooled and water-and slurry-dropping aircraft were able to take to the skies.

May 5, 2002, 9:30am — Today dawned with light winds and cool temperatures.

If the weather holds, crews working the Rio Penasco Fire are expected to take a giant step forward in bringing the fire to its knees.

“We are completely at the mercy of the weather,” said one hotshot who was standing in line at the Cloudcroft Allsup’s 7-11 buying a snack and a soft drink before he and his crew headed back out to work.

Weather conditions are critical until the fire has been completely contained. Then, and only then, can officials and the residents of the Rio Penasco Fire area breath easier.

Slurry planes could be heard flying in and out of the effected area this morning. These planes are rendered ineffective when the winds get up beyond 25 mph. Their drops are crucial to eliminating the hot spots of the fire.

No new outbreaks. No reports of new property damage or injuries.

The crew size and ordinance committed remain basically the same as yesterday. The Associated Press is reporting 60% containment.

May 5, 2002, 5:00pm — Brisk winds this afternoon stifled efforts to get the final upper-hand on the Rio Penasco Fire. No new break-outs were reported.

Situation reports this afternoon put the total acreage involved at about the same as yesterday (15,400). Containment remains at about 60%.

Hwy 82 has been opened to normal traffic. Limited access has been allowed persons owning homes in the evacuated areas. A recovery group has been assigned to assisting residents returning to their homes. A structure damage assessment group is visiting areas in the fire area to pinpoint damage.

The evacuation center at Cloudcroft High School remains open.

975 persons, including crews from all over the country, are assisting.

May 5, 2002, 11:45pm — Here´s another photo kindly provided by Preston Brashear.

Photo taken at 6:30pm, May 5.

May 6, 2002, 8:30am — Aerial and ground crews continue to grapple with the Rio Penasco fire with favorable weather conditions helping today.

The ground assessment crew reports that 17 homes and 27 outbuildings have been destroyed.

Containment has been set at 65%.

15,400 acres have been burned.

An unofficial target for 100% containment is set for Wednesday or Thursday if the weather cooperates.

No new reports of injuries. No new outbreaks.

May 6, 2002, 4:30pm — The Situation report on the Rio Penasco Fire is the same as this morning:

* No new break-outs.
* Wind gusty today.
* 65% containment.

May 6, 2002, 11:00pm — Here is a general map of the fire extent as it was on May 3 provided by the Southwest Area Wildland Fire Operations Center. This map is not to be considered precise.

Fire Map May 3, 2002.

May 7, 2002, 8:30am — Officials are hoping for total containment of the Rio Penasco Fire by tomorrow.

Containment today was reported at 65% with most of the flare-ups occurring on islands inside the burn area. There has been no breach of the containment lines for 4 days.

A few extra people have been assigned to the fire in an attempt to muscle it out. 1031 persons are working the Rio Penasco Fire.

A dozer-dug perimeter around the fire is about complete.

May 7, 2002, 5:30pm — No new developments on the Rio Penasco Fire.

Officials are still saying total containment could come as early as tomorrow.

Winds were brisk but manageable today.

We hope to post some pictures tomorrow of the property damage.

May 8, 2002, 9:30am — The crews are pulling out. The slurry planes have been withdrawn. A crew of about 40 are left to mop up the Rio Penasco Fire, which is listed at 85% contained. Full containment is hoped for today.

Damage and burn statistics remain the same.

Weather looks good for today’s work.

May 8, 2002, 5:30pm — Final Report.

After 8 days, with almost 16,000 acres and an estimated $6,000,000 damage in its wake, the Penasco Fire near Cloudcroft is considered totally contained.

There were no injuries (outside of exhaustion and minor sprains) attributed directly to the fire.

There will be lasting affects, however, including the visual image of the devastation along US 82 between Mayhill and Cloudcroft and along NM 130 between the same towns…there to remind motorists of what wildfire can do to a forest area for years to come.

Photos taken May 8.

Letters

August 25th, 2011

Scott Able Correspondence

We at Cloudcroft Online would like to thank the many people who have written us about the Scott Able Fire. Because of the volume of emails, we have not been able to answer each personally. Your emails provided us with valuable information about the fire which we passed on and encouragement that we were being helpful. A selection of the emails we received are given below.

Thanks again!

Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 22:30:58 -0600
I just wanted to sincerely thank whoever it is who is keeping us up to date on the situation. Please keep us posted with any new information.

We hope and pray that everyone is safe and things will be under control soon. My wife and I have a cabin in Young Canyon near Cloudcroft. Thanks again for your information.

Brad R. Baker

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 01:15:20 -0500
Thank you. Thank you! Thank you!! for the updates on the fire. My husband was on his way from Texas to meet our son at our vacation home in Bonita Vista when we first heard about the fire. Our son had already been dropped off at the house and was without a car when the evacuation order came. A good neighbor stopped by and took him to Cloudcroft. Thanks to your updates, I have been reassured back here in Texas. I knew the location of the evacuation group by your site before we received the telephone call from our son! Great work…. Diane Bazar

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 10:42:26 EDT
Please pass this along to the person(s) who had the idea and followed through to put the fire report on the web page. As a member of a family of long-time property owners in Wayland Canyon but resident of California, I am quite worried and anxious to hear any news we can get, not just about our property but our neighbors as well! I was so pleased to see the diligent work on the web site to provide such well down updates!

Thank you so much!
Heather (Herbert) Murrell

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 07:58:30 -0600
Since the fire season is upon us in more ways than one, is there any effort on the part of the village to attempt to clean parts of the village up that has a considerable amount of dead wood and underbrush on it. Not only the private lots and unattended homes, but the right ways long the roads?

If volunteers are need I am willing to help since it obvious it is going to take more than the village staff to clean up the village.

Has there ever been a effort to put a ordinance on the village books to force investors and developers, land owners to keep their property clean and free of undergrowth and dead wood?

Thank you very much and your efforts are truly appreciated.

Larry Morgan

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 11:11:47 -0500
Don,
Just a note to tell you how valuable your information is to me and my family. I am in Midland, Texas; my brother is at his home in Ponderosa Pines and I am feeding him reports based on what you post. I wish you could get more information, but being in the communications business myself I know how very difficult agencies can be sometimes.

Cloudcroft is a special place to my family and we are concerned for it during this fire.

I just wanted to tell you your information is reaching someone who can really use it. Hopefully you won’t have much more to report.

Jimmy

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 11:04:28 -0500
I would like to give everyone working there kudos for the excellent work on the update. We have owned property in Cloudcroft for 15 years. It is located at mile marker 29 on the highway towards Mayhill. Yesterday I received a call from my father telling me that there was a fire nearby. Since I live in Houston, I needed to get more information on the status of the fire. We would hate to lose all our possessions at the home that I spent my childhood at. After searching the internet for about an hour, I came upon your website. It was a great feeling to get accurate information. Obviously, I would like to get more regular updates, but what you have presented is fantastic given the circumstances. A couple of suggestions if I may, it would be nice if you could update every hour on the hour even if all you can add is that there is no further information available. This would be helpful because it will place a time marker on the page and users won’t have to wonder if there might be problems loading up the website or problems with their web browser. Secondly, is there any way that a rough sketch on a map might be added indicating where the fire currently is and what direction it is heading? Even a hand drawn .bmp file would be greatly appreciated!

Once again……great work, great website (placed it in my favorites) and those of us far…far…away are tuned in!!!!

regards,
Alberto Lozano
Houston, Texas

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 12:57:17 -0700
Sorry to send info to this address but I don’t see any other to send to. The buildings in the mouth of Wayland canyon have all burned but the one belonging to my family. This would be at least 7 homes, plus the homes behind those down in the canyon.

This is a very sad day.

Heather Murrell

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 14:39:02 -0700 (PDT)
Thank you for dedicating your site to the Scott Able fire. It has been very difficult to get good, detailed information.

THANK YOU for your efforts!!!

Bethany Graves

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 21:07:40 -0400
We appreciated your work to keep updating the news on the fire. Thanks for including the photos.

Robin and Ruth Rose, Las Cruces
(and cabin outside Cloudcroft)

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 23:45:37 EDT
We just wanted to tell you “Thanks!” for keeping your website posted with the fire information. Although our vacation retreat near Cloud Country Estates is apparently safe from this conflagration, we still recognize how vulnerable we could be. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering through this disaster, as well as with those making the effort to bring it under control.

Bill and Karen Burkett
Midland, Texas

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 07:51:39 -0600
I would like to thank you and your staff on keeping us informed as to the situation in the Lincoln National Forest. You have provided an excellent service to all of us that have loved ones and property in the Lincoln National Forest.

Jose

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 09:04:02 -0600
Hello,

We live in El Paso but own a cabin in Twin Forks area since last year. Our concerns were first with the welfare of the residents who live in the areas and for their safety. Your news updates allowed us to also keep watch on the locations of the fire to understand what we had to do should we need to move out our belongings in a hurry. By keeping a watch on your news line and calling the NFS we were able to have some comfort as to what to do.

Our prayers are with those who have suffered loss and inconvenience there from this unfortunate event.

Thank you very much for the service.

Sincerely,
Mark & Lisa Ellis

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 11:57:04 -0500
Thanks for your continued coverage. We all are consulting your web page on a very regular basis throughout the day. Our neighbors have a home in Cloudcroft on 16 Springs Canyon Rd, right off 82. If the fire were to start up and move north, we think they would be in the path. They are anxiously watching your site for information as well. You’ve been a wonderful source! Thanks!!!! and double thanks! Diane Bazar

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 14:52:14 EDT
I am an absentee (in military service) landowner in the Agua Chiquita Canyon. News reports I have been able to get about the Scott Able fire have been infrequent and contained sketchy or inaccurate information. Your site has been an excellent source of up to date news about the fire. I want you to know that I am grateful for your effort and hope this type of service will always be a part of your website during crisis.

Thanks,
Stan

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 13:42:26 -0600
Don:

I would like to respond to your comments ref “Lack of Information/government “Run Around” from the Sheriff’s Office. I was working in Dispatch the Night the fire started, believe me it was a Zoo!! We could not reach the Forest Service Dispatch, and had to send a unit over to their facility to have them contact us. While doing this, and dispatching Local fire Depts, we were also Inundated with frantic 911, calls from people all over the Mountains asking for inf, and reporting at least 4 “Other Fires”. we had to try to verify and confirm if there was in fact other fires. to add to this, we were getting calls from the News Media, ( who also could not reach the Forest Service) bugging us for info. They inturn were broadcasting poor info to the public indicating that The whole Sacramento Mountains were being evacuated, that Cloudcroft was burning, ect…. Each time there was a “News Bulletin” our Phones were Jammed. I personally “Begged the News People calling to NOT put out that kind of INFO till we could get correct info. For at least the next 8 hours…. we were constantly Flooded with Calls from the Media, and the Public. ( 5:00 till 0100hrs)

In addition, we had to deal with the standard Thursday night Calls for service in the rest of the County, all the way to Chaparrel. We were able to deal with Cloudcroft Evacuation Center, keeping Mayor Dave & Mike Niveson briefed and updated on what little we knew. All this was being accomplished by 2 dispatchers! I realize it was frustrating for you not to be able to get Information, it was also the same for us. It is my understanding that the Forest Service Phone lines were “Down” and that was the reason for lack of communications. Please keep in mind the Forest Service is ultimately in charge in these situations. We did the best we could under the circumstances. As a Mountain Resident, I appreicate your Efforts in keeping folks informed.

Best Regards,
George Collins,
Otero County Sheriff’s Dispatch

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 14:01:16 -0600
Want to let you know how much I appreciate your posted updates on the situation there. I am with the NM Conference of the United Methodist Church, coordinating communication among our churches/laity, and we have a Conference Camp at Sacramento (Sacramento Methodist Assembly), where fire threatened substantially night before last and during the day.

Without their panicky calls to us in the midst of firefighting, and your posted info, we would have been left in the dark. I have heard nothing from them since Friday noontime, and pray they have made it through this horrific experience. If you have any information pertaining to this Camp area, we would appreciate knowing- if that is possible.

Cheryl Hicks
Office of Church Development
Conference Office- NM Conference UMC
Albuquerque, NM

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 15:14:20 -0500
Your up-to-the-minute updates of the fire situation are a tremendous help. When I feel there is nothing I can do here in Albuquerque, because of your tremendous effort, at least I can keep in touch. Of particular concern to me being a United Methodist is the situation at the Sacramento Methodist Assembly, the staff, the buildings, and the lovely forest.

Also, if anyone there knows Richard and Mary of Cloudcroft Methodist Church, please give them my email address:

xxx @spinn.net

Prayers for your strength to endure mother nature, and your care of those who need compassion.

PJ Flowers
Albuquerque, NM

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 17:44:10 -0600
My wife, Louise and I live out of Cloudcroft about 10 miles in Cloud Country West. We have been frantically trying to get information on the fire. This morning I went in to talk to the folks at the Cloudcroft Fire Station and they recommended I try your web site. It was like a Godsend to finally get some information on what is going on. Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart. You folks are wonderful and we have signed up for your newsletter. Will try and support those who sponsor your web site.

Thanks again.
Craig Clark
Cloudcroft, NM

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 17:47:50 -0600
Let me add my thanks to those who have already written. You have provided a service that goes beyond description. The news media has been focusing all of their coverage on the Los Alamos area but you have provided us with timely, factual reports that we cannot get any where else. We too, own a home in Cloudcroft, and are most concerned with the welfare and safety of our friends. Also, a big “THANK YOU” to the men and women who are putting it on the line to fight this fire. Our prayers and best wishes are with you. Please return safely. Property can be replaced…people can’t!!!

Best regards,
Bob and Cari Hemperley
El Paso

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 18:23:01 -0400 (EDT)
I keep coming back repeatedly to your site to read the latest info on the Scott Able fire near Cloudcroft. We have almost completed the construction and finish-out on our retirement home at The Ranch in the Young Canyon area off US82 east of Cloudcroft. I was there until Tuesday of this week before returning to Garland, Texas. A good Cloudcroft neighbor told me by phone of the fire, and I quickly went to your site, and found your coverage. I will continue to check in for updates.

I hope when the fire is under control and interest wanes, that you will not just “discard” the materials you have assembled, but will find a corner of your site to keep them intact. I think that re-reading these materials from time to time will insure that we stay vigilant, and that we understand how a fire can spread, how difficult it can be to get one under control, and the disruption of lives and loss of property (even if there is no loss of life) that can be caused, as well as how difficult it can be to get timely and accurate information from the officials and the media. The links to other resources are also very valuable. Please save this stuff for us to access again.

One minor point concerning your links to “Wildlife Fire Operations Website” and “Current Wildlife Fire Information”: The word “Wildlife” should be “Wildland”.

Why don’t you also tell us something about the “anonymous reporter” who has been giving us this coverage? The TV networks show us the reporter and give his or her name. Who can we thank?

Good work!! Keep it up!
Preston Brashear

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 22:35:11 -0600
We would like to thank all that helped. We have lived here for four years. I haven’t ever seen so much helping hands, in so many years. We are proud to be a part of Cloudcroft.

We would like thank all the firefighters and the people that risked their l lives for us. May god bless all of them.

Sincerely yours,
Jerry and Carol White

Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 10:14:45 -0600
Just discovered your page.

YOU ARE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB RE:FIRE.

Been spending hours with TV trying to get updates, mostly to no avail – then I discovered your site. Hope I don’t have to use it for fire info again, but look forward to receiving the newsletter. We, and guests, spend alot of time in Cloudcroft (and you can’t depend on the Alamo paper for any current info).

Keep up the good work, and thanks again.
Charles G. Farrant

Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 21:22:38 EDT
My husband, Dan Jones, and I own a cabin in Sullivan Canyon. Our good friend Janet Sanders kept us updated with the information available to her, but she also told me about your website. How grateful I am to her, as well as to all of you! What a comfort to log on and find such up-to-the-minute reports. I can’t imagine the toll this must have taken on your staff, so please know what an invaluable service you provided for so many of us who are geographically elsewhere, while our hearts and spirits are in Cloudcroft.

Best regards to everyone,
Suzanne Schmidt

Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 21:59:07 -0500
Just a short note to say thanks for keeping the general public updated on the status of the Scott Able fire. While many may not believe that this fire is as important as the Los Alamos fire – since I have yet to hear of any national new coverage. Your web site has been a portal of valuable information to me and my family (Dockray, Curtis, and Fulton families of Cox Canyon). While I’m unable to personally assist the victims of the fire, our prayers are with each of them.

Thanks again,
Tim Fulton
Nashville, Tennessee

Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 20:48:39 -0600
Thank you for your web site. We live on Miller Flats with 180 horses and we really need the information that you are giving, as no radio station or TV station are of help. Where we live we are just in the dark most of the time. Thanks so much. Keep it up.

Jennifer Gold.

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 06:38:47 -0500
Thanks for your update information on the fire. Since our family owns a cabin in Hay Canyon, I check your web site several times a day for your courrent updates. This shows that the people of Cloudcroft care about the surrounding communities.

The lost of property is very sad, especially now since there was a plane crash, which resulted in two deaths. Since I can’t be there to give a helping hand, I know everybody is doing their best.

Darrell and Christy
Denton TX

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 09:42:02 -0500
The Cloudcroft homesite has been extremely helpful to me this past week as I’ve tried to assess the danger to my cabin near Alto. Whoever has manned that station and has taken the time to give such good information about the fires deserves a medal for public service.

Thank you
Virginia Paget,
Austin, Texas.

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 11:02:14 -0600
Can’t tell you how much we appreciate your keeping us updated on the fire situation. We live in El Paso but have a cabin in the Village. Have constantly been checking the site as we are not getting too much news coverage here. You are doing a great job!!

Thanks so much!!!!
Anne & Jim Spier

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 13:04:44 -0500
Thanks for your continued excellent coverage. It must be wearing to maintain this momentum of coverage but it is putting all of our minds at ease. I changed my “home page” location to your site!

We log on at least once an hour to check for your updates. Our families are logging on from Florida, New York, Illinois, Colorado and Texas.

Many thanks…. Diane Bazar

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 15:21:34 -0500
Have been reading the reports from others who are blessed by your updates and we’d like to add our names to those listed. We have had to leave our cabin in order to make a living, but our hearts are still in that area. We are so far away from home (Northern California) and your updates are keeping our minds at ease. Glad there is no distance in the spirit and we continue to pray for those who are fighting the fire and those who have lost so much.

You are doing a great job and we say “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts.

Paul and Mary Paxton

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 16:44:48 -0500 (CDT)
I would like to thank you for the good work at getting the news of the forest fires on the web. My son lives at PONDERROSA PINES and had been helping fight the fires. It was a big relief to me to be able to keep up with the progress of the fires. Keep up the good work and thanks again.

NF
Sugarland, TX
HAVE A GREAT DAY

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 17:24:22 EDT
We very much appreciate your efforts to keep us posted on the current fire situation. This is by far the best source of information available regarding the fires. We live in El Paso, have a second house in the Village, and have been coming to Cloudcroft for over 60 years. Keep up this important good work.

Many thanks,
Werner and Cheri Spier

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 21:03:16 -0500
Dear Cloudcroft.com:

We greatly appreciate the information provided on this web-site. Like many others, my family owns two lots in Ponderosa Pines in Cox Canyon and are very concerned about the fire in the surrounding areas. From the information provided, we are assuming that area is okay at this point.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all those in the area, property owners, and people who are participating in all the volunteer efforts. Thank you for continuing to keep us abreast of the situation.

Our thanks!
Major & Shelley Hossenlopp-Ft. Hood, TX
Rich & Helen Mueller-Spring, TX

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 19:11:36 EDT
My husband and I thank you for all the information you have been providing us. We live in Aledo, Texas (west of Fort Worth) and have a home in Timberon. We own Sacramento Energy and have a bulk plant at Sacramento Methodist Camp, so many of the people in the area are friends and customers. Larry Crawford works with us and has been fighting the fire from the beginning. If anyone knows the people that have lost homes or any of our customers read this, please call or e-mail us at sacenergy@aol.com. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

Thank you again for your hard work in gathering information for us.

Aubrey and Mitch Johnson

Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 12:38:45 -0600

We evacuated on the 10th. Our house is OK, but many friends have lost everything. Fire was extremely hot and firefighters basically had to evacuate also. Fire had free roam of town [Los Alamos], many homes burned down to foundation. It is amazing there are so many spared. We got to come back last night, forest around town is 100% burnt due to extreme heat of fire, our beautiful mountains are destroyed.

Hope Cloudcroft officials take forest thinning seriously! Most people around here believe that logging should be allowed again. Many areas that were control burned two years ago were no help in stopping fire. They needed to be thinned better.

Lee Anderson

Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 21:05:44 -0500
The information that you have been furnishing is great. We have a cabin in Timberon and were very concerned until we started watching your reports. From what we read, the fire started around the 4H camp but we were wondering if the camp sustained any damage. Some of the 4H’rs from Texas go to the camp occasionally. Thanks again for a GREAT JOB.

Larry Abbott
San Angelo, Texas

Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 10:37:47 -0500
My husband and I have owned property in Hay Canyon since 1967, and feel a very close tie to all the area around Cloudcroft, Weed, Sacramento and Mayhill. We have relied heavily on your website for up-to-date info on the Scott Able fire. We had to evacuate our cabin hastily on Thurs. night, May 11. We picked up Mike Bazar, who knew nothing about the fire, and with our friends who also own property in Hay Canyon, John and Kay Tork, made the trip to the Cloudcroft High School that night. The fire from the top of Prestridge Hill was very scary. We saw the same picture from there that you posted on your website. We just knew that our lovely canyon and cabin were gone forever!

When we arrived at the high school, we were greeted warmly by several Cloudcroft residents, along with some students from Colorado who pitched in to help. Later Linda Loper and her daughter came by and insisted that we spend the night in the Loper’s lovely home. What gracious hosts! Linda and Roger served us a delicious breakfast Fri. morning.

On Friday, we returned to Hay Canyon, not being stopped or questioned by anyone. Late that afternoon, we evacuated again, and decided to return to our homes in the Fort Worth area. Since then we have regularly visited your website, and also called the forest service number provided to us. We are so thankful that the fire is now contained! We will visit your website frequently from now on, just to get information about that area. THANKS TO ALL YOUR STAFF FOR THIS EXCELLENT SERVICE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

Marvin and Vern Myers

Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 10:39:55 -0600
I am a member of the NM National Guard that was deployed to the Cree & Scott Able fires. I was one of the first guard members sent to Cloudcroft on Thursday night, and stayed till the next Thursday when we were released. I just want the residents of the Cloudcroft, Mayhill & especially the folks along Miller Rd. to know how much your support and cooperation were appreciated. We couldn’t have done our job without you. I also want to thank you folks at this site for keeping my wife and family informed as my cell phone didn’t work at my check point on Miller Rd. AGAIN THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

SPC Jim Gorrell
C-1/200 ADA
Portales NM

Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 17:57:13 EDT
Great Job! We who have places in Cloudcroft and the surrounding area applaud your efforts in keeping us advised as to the status of the Scot-Able fire. It seemed that this fire did not get the publicity from the press as did others and your service was our only link to current information. While we are very pleased to hear of the fire containment and thank the firefighters for their hard work, our hearts and prayers go out to those that have suffered loss.

Tom and Fran Gregg,
San Angelo, Texas

Date: Sun, 21 May 2000 18:07:43 EDT
Just wanted to tell you that your hourly reports on the fire situation have been greatly appreciated by everyone who knew about cloudcroft.com. Here at Century 21 Casa, we were able to keep up with the news and we were also able to refer the many callers to our office to the web site. It has been a great service to the community to have access to this information in a timely manner. Great job, guys…it was above and beyond…

Rusty Russell

Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 15:32:59 -0500
Thank you for your news of the fire. We own property in Russia Canyon and your reports kept us informed the whole time. This service is invaluable to everyone in the Cloudcroft area and to those of us who visit often. Thank you again.

Guy and Nancy Watkins
Woodway,Texas

Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 19:35:32 -0500
Thank you so very much for posting the news on the Scott Able fire. I have recently under gone back surgery in Florida and cannot travel back to our home in Cloudcroft for another two months. We were very pleased to have access to the fire news though you web page. It helped much with the trauma for an operation and the fear of losing our home.

Gene and Vera Mangold

Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 21:00:45 -0500
We just want to tell you how much we depended on and appreciated your updates of the Scot Able fire in Weed. We have a cabin in Chippeway Park and were surprised by the lack of national news coverage of that fire; we just found out about it by accident! Your updates were absolutely priceless. It was frustrating to be ten hours away from our “home away from home” when the fire was so close. But thanks to your excellent coverage and updates, we were able to know what was happening! We enjoy the cloudcroft.com website and check it every single day.

Keep up the good work!!!
Larry & Emily Giles

Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 00:06:19 EDT
I would like to extend my thanks to everyone that helped out in fighting the Scott Able Fire keeping our homes and families safe. I am 6000 miles away working on a construction project in the Marshall Islands with my family still in Cloudcroft. It was quite a relief to find out that the fire had been brought under control. My sorrows go out to all that did suffer losses during this fire.

I would also like to say thank you to Cloudcroft.com for updating the web site as often as they did so that I could keep a close eye on what was happening being so far away from my loved ones.

GM

Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 14:17:52 EDT
I have read with pride the outpouring of gratitude from those who sought and FOUND data and news while Cloudcroft and Scott Able area experienced the fire and threat thereof. I would appreciate it if I too could add my profound thanks for the marvelous job Cloudcroft Online/Newsletter and others did to keep us outsiders informed as to the progress being made to save the remaining area. I recently retired from 50 years in the news business. I can attest to the fantastic job you all did in keeping us accurately informed at a time when “news” of the blaze were scarce. Thank you again from a “resident of #5” Buckhorn Cabins. Hi Gloria and Katherine.

See ya soon.
Bert N. Shipp

Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 14:34:11 EDT
From Lubbock Texas I wish to say what a fantastic job we thought you did considering the lousy help you received from the state which is par for the course. Is there anything I can do in the way of donation letters to Pete in Washington or what can I do to help you out the most. We SURE appreciated and noted the hard work it took to put out the newsletter. It did take much of the worry of our home in Timberon away and yes I did pass your address along to all us Texas flatlanders.

Paul
Houston

Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 04:39:56 -0600
I want to thank you for the fire coverage. I was really frustrated about lack of information early on, but then I found cloudcroft.com and the information was accurate and up to date. We were in the process of marketing a home in the evacuated area before the fire started but unlike many that lost everything, our place was spared, and has now been sold.

Thanks for the coverage, it really kept us informed.

Joe Hart
High Rolls, NM

Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2000 09:40:57 -0700
A huge THANK YOU for your coverage of the Scott Able fire. My brother (Steve Wimsatt) called and told me about the fire, and told me about your web site. I told everyone I talked to about this site, and many of us logged on daily. It was so great to be able to find out what was going on, especially since the coverage here in California focused only on the fire in Northern New Mexico.

I was born and raised in James Canyon, and a part of me will always think of Cloudcroft as “home”. Thank you again for your hard work and for making such an effort to keep us informed. I know that this has touched far more people than you will ever know about!

Sheila (Wimsatt) Carpenter

Day8

August 25th, 2011

Scott Able Fire
Day 8 – May 18, 2000

May 18, 2000 — Cloudcroft.Com Special Report

8:00 am MDT — The Forest Service is reporting that 76,000 gallons of retardent has been pumped from the tanker base at Alamogordo and dumped on the Scott Able Fire yesterday. Full containment of the fire is expected today.

8:30 am MDT — How much fault should the government and the National Forest Service shoulder for the Scott Able Fire? Would it have been so bad if the forest had been thinned and underbrush cleared as local residents had been begging for years? Those are questions that will be asked tonight at a community town hall meeting in Cloudcroft. The meeting will be in the Old Schoolhouse (Nevison Library) starting at 6 pm.

The NFS reports the Scott Able fire 75% contained with 100% containment the goal for today. Winds should cooperate. Forecasters are saying 10-15 mph winds today, but the humidity will remain low. 47 crews, 6 helicopters, 59 engines and a total of 1402 people are involved in the Scott Able effort. The amount of forest burned was lowered yesterday from 20,717 to 16,034 due to more accurate mapping. Despite the terrific wind problems that grounded the slurry planes much of the day yesterday, there were no new breakouts from the perimeter established Sunday. The fire has been feeding on unburned islands of timber within the perimeter.

9:30 am MDT — The Forest Service has already raised their containment figure to 90% this morning on the Scott Able Fire. They say their night crews reported good progress. No new reports of any further property damage or injuries. The fire could be 100% contained by noon. The term “contained” does NOT mean the fire is out. It means a strong perimeter has been established all the way around the fire. Snuffing the fire during “mopping up” operations could take another day or two.

The fire began exactly one week ago, in the mid afternoon, when high winds blew down a high power electrical line near the Scott Able 4-H Camp near Weed.

10:40 am MDT — Residents of Hay Canyon are being allowed back into that area today. Residents and support people (gas, electric, etc.) only. Hay Canyon was the last area to remain evacuated.

11:30 am MDT — Calmer conditions in the Sacramento Mountains near the Scott Able Fire site are contributing to quick work in getting the fire completely contained. Cloudcroft.Com has obtained permission to enter the perimeter to take pictures of the damage. We hope to post these pictures this afternoon on Cloudcroft.Com.

4:20 pm MDT — Cloudcroft.Com just returned from a tour of the Scott Able Fire. Except for mopping up operations, the fire is essentially out. Pictures of the devastation appear below.

Photos 1 -3
Photos 4 -6
Photos 7 -8

5:50 pm MDT — When Otero County Sheriff’s Office deputies told Alton Posey that he and his wife would have to leave their home because a fire was coming their direction on Thursday, May 11th, he said his wife would be leaving, but he was staying to fight Mother Nature for his home.

The Scott Able Fire had been kindled only minutes before and it was obvious it was going to be a significant blaze. The winds were high and the forest was dry. The fire would own the forest and everything in its path.

Everything, that is, but Alton Posey. Alton is a lifelong resident of these mountains. He has had extensive fire fighting experience, so it wasn’t out of ignorance that he decided to risk his life to save his home in Agua Chaquita Canyon, near Weed, New Mexico. He told his wife just before she left that he would be fine.

He loaded his dog “Ugly Baby” into his pickup and pledged to his wife that “he and Ugly would jump in that truck and get the hell out of there at the first sign of danger.” Alton had second thoughts, though, and just before his wife pulled out of the drive, he loaded Ugly Baby in with her to be evacuated.

Even with Posey’s experience with past fires, he was taken totally by surprise by the speed at which this fire traveled toward his home. Winds, whipped by the flames, reached an estimated 100 mph. Posey used a garden hose, filling buckets and washing down his out buildings first. They were the first to be threatened by the conflagration. Suddenly, realizing the fire had completely surrounded him, he knew his only hope for survival was to beat the forest fire.

“Alton had two things in his favor” said Pat Boss, spokesman for the National Forest Service. “His house was isolated from the heaviest stand of trees a little, and he didn’t know the meaning of the word ‘quit'”.

From sundown until 3:30 am Friday morning, armed only with a small garden hose and buckets, Posey held back the flames. At one point, as he came around the corner of his barn, he was knocked flat by a deer running for safety. On two other occasions, the flames and smoke became so thick that he was forced to lay flat on the ground in an attempt to find breathable air.

“Every once in a while the smoke and flames would break and I would catch a glimpse of that big moon over head. It was so big and bright that night. Just seeing it kept me going when I thought I was beat.”

While the Scott Able Fire would cause misery and destruction for a whole week before being contained, Alton Posey’s battle with the blaze began and was over in the first 6 to 8 hours of the fire’s life. 6 to 8 very hellish hours.

Alton Posey and his wife and Ugly Baby now have house guests. Two families from neighboring homes that burned down. When we left Posey this afternoon, he was back to business as usual, trying to talk Otero County Electric officials out of some damaged utility poles they had replaced.

“I could really use them around my place” he said.

Because Alton Posey wouldn’t quit, he still has that “place.”

Photos of Alton Posey, Ugly Dog, and his unburned home.

9:00 pm MDT — The Scott Able Fire is 100% contained. Two people died in fighting this fire. Cloudcroft.Com will provide updates as the situation dictates.

The estimated loss due to the fire is $2,800,000. The cost to date of firefighting efforts is $3,545,000. The May 18 Forest Service press release is here.

A grass fire near Roswell has killed one person and burned 1,200 acres so far. The Albuquerque Journal has an article on the fire.

Day 7 Coverage

Day 9 Coverage

Camping

August 25th, 2011
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Gillespie Ranch
RV Park/Cabin with Horse Pens

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Lincoln National Forest

The Lincoln National Forest campgrounds open May 6th and close October 8. The Forest Service has an RV dump station and showers available. We invite you to come by the Sacramento Ranger District Office or call (575) 682-2551 for information and maps. Enjoy the real pleasure of Mother Nature by camping out!

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