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Ruidoso fire: Immediate evacuation ordered in New Mexico village as map shows areas affected with major highways closed [Video]

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An evacuation order has been ordered in Ruidoso after a fast growing wildfire tore through the New Mexico village on Monday. 

Am estimated 5,000 residents were urged to evacuate the village area due to to the ‘South Fork Fire’ in a post by the Village of Ruidoso X’s, formerly Twitter, account. 

‘IMMEDIATE MANDATORY “GO” EVACUATION FOR THE VILLAGE OF RUIDOSO – GO NOW!! An emergency mandatory GO evacuation is issued for the entire Village of Ruidoso from Sudderth/Mechem to Freedom Bloom at Big O Tire. Please do not try to gather belongings or protect your home. GO NOW,’ the post said. 

Videos show how a wall of smoke fills the sky over the village. 

So far, both Highway 48 and Highway 70 at Apache Summit are closed, and the only available evacuation route is on Sudderth to Highway 70, leading out to Roswell. 

Map shows evacuation route from Ruidoso …

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