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Fire & Flood Recovery

Disaster Relief Information
Resources for those in need from the fire and flood damage.
You may obtain a hard copy of these documents from City Hall.
Disaster Relief Information Packet

Fire & Flood Recovery Resources:
-The SCM RC&D is working with NRCS on flood and erosion mitigation. Click HERE for the Application. If you need assistance please email to Laura Doth: 575-446-3973 or send to: SCM RC&D, 201 Oak Grove Pl, Ruidoso, NM 88345.

County of Lincoln- Public Service Announcement, July 3, 2024
NM Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Resource
NM Taxation & Revenue Department Disaster Relief Extensions 2024 South Fork and Salt Fire
State of NM Office of Superintendent of Insurance

Full Service Debris RemovalFull Service Debris Removal Flowchart 7.16.24

Debris 7.15.24Pick up/Drop off Locations:
-First Baptist Church-  26363 US-70, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
-The Humane Society of Lincoln Co.- 25962 US Hwy 70., Ruidoso, NM 88345

Flood Assistance:
are available at the following locations:

* Fire Station 2: Self-fill (bags and sand available)
* Wingfield Park: Self-fill (bags and sand available)
* Gateway Church of Christ: Filled
* All American Park located at 26335 US-70, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346

An evacuation shelter has been established at the White Mountain Relief Center at 687 Hull Road (White Mountain Sports Complex). Tune into 1490 AM KRUI for additional information. More info:

The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance is available to assist you with filing a claim, getting a copy of your policy, understanding your policy, or filing a complaint. 
You can contact them at 833-485-1336.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00a-8:00p
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00a-2:00p
-Samaritan's Purse International Relief Free Assistance located at River Crossing Ministries, 1950 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345.
-National Flood Insurance Program

FEMA Disaster Aid:
For more info visit -OR- Call 1.800.621.3362 -OR- Download the mobile APPFEMA app

3 ways to Apply for Disaster Aid
3 Maneras de Solicitar Asistencia por Desastre
Disaster Survivor's Checklist
Lista de Cotejo para Sobrevivientes de Desastres

Ineligible Due to Insurance? 
Inelegible debido al seguro?

Difference Between Individual Assistance VS. Public Assistance Grant Programs:
☑️ IA: Funds for survivors who have expenses & damages not covered by insurance.
☑️ PA: Funds for local, state, & tribal governments to help communities recover.
Difference PvsI 7.11.24

--Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce & the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico aid to local businesses: The chamber is working with the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico who is providing funds for businesses that have been affected by the fires and flooding.  A business doesn't have to have physical damage to receive funds.  If you have experienced economic injury, I would encourage you to apply for the funds as well. 
The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico ( is similar to the Community Foundation of Lincoln County in their endeavors.  They cover 12 counties in southern New Mexico and their Greatest Need Impact Fund is currently directing efforts to Lincoln and Otero Counties.  If you have losses from the recent South Fork and Salt Fires and flooding, please reach out to the Foundation.  There is a short Google document to fill out to get the process started.   The link to the Google doc is:
*If you know of any affected businesses that are not chamber members, please forward this link on to them.*

More Resources:
Clean-Up of Fire OR Flood Damaged Homes

TDS Updates & Restoration


7.2.24 Start Recovery

Resolution 2024-10, City of Ruidoso Downs Disaster Declaration

Resolution 2024-11, Requesting an Emergency Declaration in the City of Ruidoso Downs


  • Major Disaster Declaration: FEMA-4795-DR granted by President Joe Biden on June 20, 2024, releases federal funds to support recovery efforts.

  • State of Emergency: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared Executive Order 2024-107 for Lincoln County and the Mescalero Apache Reservation, effective June 18, 2024.


  • Location: Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM