New Mexico Board to Consider Emergency Wildfire Aid

Jun 28, 2012

A state board led by Governor Susana Martinez is being asked for emergency funding to help in wildfire recovery in southern New Mexico and prepare for expected flooding in fire-scarred areas.

The Board of Finance is scheduled Thursday to consider loan requests from the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the village of Ruidoso and Lincoln County.

The department wants $452,000 for a flood warning network, machines for filling sandbags and equipment for rescuing people caught in flood waters.

Ruidoso is seeking a $438,000 loan for upgrading a radio communication system and preparing Alto Lake's dam for potentially high water flows.

Lincoln County is requesting $500,000 for flood mitigation and assistance for fire recovery.

The Little Bear fire near Ruidoso burned 44,000 acres and destroyed about 250 structures.