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Cloudcroft Fire Department reporting Moser Fire is now 12% contained, burning through 96 acres

UPDATE:  The Cloudcroft Fire Department is now reporting the Moser Fire is 12% contained, and is now buring through 96 acres.

No homes or properties are being reported to have been burned at this time.

Update: The Tularosa Basin Regional Dispatch Authority says that the evacuation order will be lifted at 8 PM.

Read the authority's full social media post below:

"The evacuation order will be lifted at 8pm, and residents can return home. We strongly advise everyone to remain on standby in case the fire reignites," the Tularosa Basin Regional Dispatch Authority posted on social media Tuesday afternoon. "Although Highway 82 will reopen at 8pm, please be aware that the area is still an active fire scene. We ask drivers to reduce their speed for the safety of our emergency responders."

Update: The U.S. Forest Service provided the following update Tuesday morning.

"The Moser Fire remains at 0% contained this morning; however, containment lines built yesterday held overnight. Crews have built containment lines around approximately 80% of the fire. Containment numbers are expected to increase as fire officials continue securing the fire’s perimeter. Fire activity overnight was minimal due to lower temperatures and higher humidity levels.

Today crews will continue building direct fire containment lines around the remaining 20% of the fire. They will also be patrolling for any hotspots along the edge of the fire and laying over a mile of fire hose. Once the hoses are in place, water will be pumped to the fire and crews will begin to extinguish hotspots and work their way towards the interior of the fire."

U.S. Forest Service

CLOUDCROFT, New Mexico (KVIA) -- Crews are working to put out a fire in the area around Cloudcroft. The fire is now being referred to as the Moser fire.

A New Mexico fire monitoring service posted the following statement on social media.

"Start Date / Time: May 20, 2024, approximately 3:45 p.m. Cause: Unknown, Under Investigation Size: 145 acres (Subject to change as more accurate mapping tool are deployed) Location: 4 miles east of Cloudcroft Resources: Firefighters from US Forest Service, Volunteer Fire Departments, BLM, State, 2-dozer, 3 large airtankers, 2 very large airtankers, 1 air attack, 1 helicopter. Types of vegetation in the area (aka fuels)."

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