Posted at: 04/03/2013 9:59 PM
Updated at: 04/08/2013 9:58 PM
By: Amber LaVail, KOB Eyewitness News 4
There are at least two pieces to the legacy of the Little Bear Fire.
According to Ruidoso Utilities Director Randy Camp, "Outside of the people losing their homes we lost the water shaft and it probably will not stabilize for ten years.
The water shed, or water supply, is iffy. Rain that might fall on this huge burn area won’t help either.
Camp says Ruidoso is, “Not counting on getting any surface water out of the monsoons. It will come as flooding, so we will have problems from the flooding and also from the lack of the surface water."
The fire burned over forty-four thousand acres.
Two reservoirs were lost. Camp says, "We are trying to make up for the loss of the reservoirs by using well-less groundwater by using pipes to transport it into town."
The clean-up of the burnt homes continues slowly.
The Little Bear fire destroyed over two-hundred and fifty structures, making it the largest most destructive fire for property damage in New Mexico’s history.
Camp has seen that, "Some people are cleaning up their properties and others are leaving them until they can afford it."
People are living in their trailers until they fix up and restore their properties.
Electrician Joe Moreno says people who lived through the fire need more help just to live, "Maybe the government will help us a little bit more to get these houses done."