At 7pm last night, High Rolls Fire Department was called to assist Ruidoso Downs and Forest Service on a wildfire burning in the Gavilan Canyon area. This fire, named the White Fire, started during Red Flag conditions and quickly grew to encompass 6000 acres, threatening neighborhoods and racetrack/casino facilities in the Ruidoso Downs area. Neighborhoods and subdivisions of Ruidoso Downs and East Ruidoso were evacuated, as the fire rapidly spread in the 60 mph winds. High Rolls Fire sent a brushfire unit and personnel to assist in evacuations and wildfire control.
High Rolls Fire and EMS, has been serving Otero County and New Mexico for over 50 years. We operate out of 4 stations, providing fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services for the citizens and visitors of the Sacramento Mountains and Lincoln National Forest region.
We serve a rugged, mountainous, and mostly rural community. Our members are volunteers, devoting their personal time and energy in the service of their community. We maintain an ISO Rating of Class 6, wilderness areas excluded.
We are always in search of new members. If you wish to become a part of our department or feel you have a skill we may find useful, please contact the Fire Chief, Mark Klaene at 575-437-6822.