Recovery Center is Moving… Reply

Little Bear Recovery Team

The Little Bear Recovery Center is Relocating!

On October 1, 2012, the Little Bear Recovery Team will be closing the Little Bear Recovery Center on Highway 48 to move to a smaller office at Angus Church of the Nazarene.  The Little Bear Recovery Team would like to express our gratitude to the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints for suppling the building for the Recovery Center.  Likewise, we appreciate the continued support of Angus Church.

Location: The Little Bear Recovery Office will be at Angus Church of the Nazarene.

Hours: Office Hours: Monday – Wednesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Contact: 575-973-5402 or 1-888-808-4064

Please come by and see us at our new location!

ATTENTION: Little Bear Donation Center SALE – FINAL 2 WEEKS! Reply

ATTENTION: The Little Bear Donation Center is shutting down.

We will begin selling off items to anyone who wants them (fire survivors can still take them for free with their Little Bear voucher).  Funds raised will go to the Little Bear Fire Relief Fund for survivors.  The month of Sept each Thurs/Fri/Sat from 10-3 we will sell as much as possible.  If you have groups that do benevolent work and would like some of the items, have them register with Margo at christianservices@live.com.  Whatever is left at the end of Sept will be available to groups to come get the first two weeks of Oct.  We will use the last two weeks in Oct to clear out leftover items and clean the building to turn back to leasing company Oct 31st.

We need helpers every Thurs/Fri/Sat in September to assist with the sale.  Please have anyone available to help to contact Margo at the email address above or call 575-257-4381 between 9am and 4pm Mon-Thurs or 9a-noon on Fri.  We will also need an abundance of Walmart bags.  If anyone has extras, please take them to the donation center.

Thank you, everyone, for your generosity and help over the past 3 months!

Remember, you can always make cash donations right here at LittleBearRecovery.org. Simply click the DONATE button. Or, you may make a donation at City Bank at the address listed in the upper right corner of this site.

New Hours for the Recovery Center… Reply

Little Bear Recovery Team

New Hours for the Little Bear Recovery Center

The new hours for the Little Bear Recovery Center on Hwy 48 will be as follows:

Mon – Wednesday: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Note: We will be closed on Monday, September 3rd.

If you would like to contact the Little Bear Recovery Center by phone, please call:

575-336-1584 or 575-336-1068

We are located at 1470 State Hwy 48 between Capitan and Alto, 1.75 miles north of the junction of Hwy 37 and Hwy 48.

Little Bear Donation Center to Begin Shutdown Phase Reply

Effective Sept 1st, the Little Bear Donation Center, located at 1940 Sudderth (River Crossing), will begin its shutdown phase.  This consists of, but may not be limited to, the following:

We will no longer be accepting in-kind donations.  People who come with donations will be referred to local charities.

We will begin selling off items to anyone who wants them (fire survivors can still take them for free with their Little Bear voucher).  Funds raised will go to the Little Bear Fire Relief Fund for survivors.  The month of Sept each Thurs/Fri/Sat from 10-3 we will sell as much as possible.  If you have groups that do benevolent work and would like some of the items, have them register with Margo at christianservices@live.com.  Whatever is left at the end of Sept will be available to groups to come get the first two weeks of Oct.  We will use the last two weeks in Oct to clear out leftover items and clean the building to turn back to leasing company Oct 31st.

We need helpers every Thurs/Fri/Sat in September to assist with the sale.  Please have anyone available to help to contact Margo at the email address above or call 575-257-4381 between 9am and 4pm Mon-Thurs or 9a-noon on Fri.  We will also need an abundance of Walmart bags.  If anyone has extras, please take them to the donation center.

Thank you, everyone, for your generosity and help over the past 3 months!

Remember, you can always make cash donations right here at LittleBearRecovery.org. Simply click the DONATE button. Or, you may make a donation at City Bank at the address listed in the upper right corner of this site.

BAER Updates for August 2, 2012… Reply

Lincoln County, NM (August 2,2012): Below is the latest BAER Team update directly from the source. As a member of the Little Bear Recovery Team, and maybe more importantly, a member of Lincoln County, I want to personally say THANKS to all of you at the BAER Team! We sure appreciate all you are doing! I know that it is your job and your are an agency. But when we look below all of that official-ness, we see people helping people. And we want to say thanks for that.

Aerial application of grass seed
Aerial application of grass seed was completed as planned on 19,211 acres on Sunday, July 29, 2012.

Aerial application of straw mulch
Aerial application of straw mulch is over 90% complete on the 10,311 acres designated for treatment. Straw mulch operations should wrap up by the end of this week, weather permitting.

Thanks BAER Team!

Road Work

  • Shawn Wilson Excavating is still working on FR 127A in Eagle Creek and North Fork. All bridges now have a by-pass swale constructed to permit flows greater than the bridges can handle to bypass the bridges. Gabion baskets are being installed at a major cross-drainage, as well as along a stream bed to protect a cabin situated at the edge of the stream.
  • FR 600 (Kraut Canyon) is closed for now and no additional work is being done at this time.
  • FR 107 (Bonito) was graded and approx. 50 cubic yards of rock was placed in a soft spot in the road at the junction with FR108. The adjacent ditch was also cleaned.
  • Rip-rap is being hauled into the area of FR107(C) and South Fork Campground in preparation for fortification in several areas.
  • FR 958 (Philadelphia Canyon) has been heavily re-worked to repair damage and prepare for the next storm.
  • Work along FR 117 (Monjeau) has been on hold due to traffic from the straw mulch operations, but work along this road will resume soon.

Hazard Trees
Hazard tree removal is ongoing as we continue to identify and take down trees along roads, trails and in other areas where public safety is at risk.

Trails
Work to repair and re-establish the trails affected by the Little Bear fire is on hold due to the runoff from the rains. Trail work will be underway once the monsoon rains are over.

US Geological Survey, Stream and Precipitation Gages / WaterAlert System
The precipitation and stream gages placed in the Little Bear fire area are working well and feedback is positive from cooperating agencies and the public.

Lincoln County Watershed Protection Task Force Update (multi-agency flood response effort)

  • Removal of woody debris from waterways and drainages is complete.
  • Water from Bonito Lake continues to be released downstream using 5 large pumps. The lake level was 28’8” below the spillway as of 7/27/2012. The bacteria level at the lake is very high and the public is encouraged not to come in contact with the lake water. Water samples are also being taken from Rio Ruidoso and Eagle Creek.
  • Work continues at Alto Lake/Reservoir to fortify the dam, but the work at the duck pond above Alto Lake is mostly complete. Approximately 70,000 yards of material has been hauled out of the duck pond.
  • Upper Hondo Soil and Water Conservation District continues to assemble and provide mulch wattles to the public at no charge. Seed and wood mulch are also available at no charge through their Capitan office. Sand bags are available at no charge at the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Services.
  • This task force will demobilize and turn emergency response back over to Lincoln County Office of Emergency Services as of August 3, 2012. However, the task force can be reassembled if needed to respond to a flood-related emergency in the area of Little Bear fire.

For more information please contact:

Beth Mitchell
Fire Prevention Tech
Public Information Officer
Sacramento Ranger District
Lincoln National Forest
4 Lost Lodge Road / P.O. Box 288
Cloudcroft, NM 88317
Direct Line: 575.682.5325/2551
Cell: 575.491.3171
elizabethwmitchell@fs.fed.us

7 Year Old Boy Raises Funds for Little Bear Survivors… Reply

Lincoln County (July 30, 2012): Edward and Darlene Camus have a 7-year-old grandson, Joey Camus, who lives in Maryland but has been here to visit them.  They sent him a clipping of the newspaper article telling about the Little Bear Fire.  Joey went to his parents and said he wanted to earn some money so he could send it to the fire survivors.  He worked at various chores and earned money which he then sent to his grandparents asking them to be sure it helped someone who was hurt by the fire.

If Joey can help then so can all of us…

The road to recovery from this fire and the possible flooding is going to be long and hard. It is also going to be very expensive, especially for those who have lost more than they can personally shelter. But you can make a life-changing difference for these families.

By making a financial donation to the Little Bear Fire Relief Fund, you are giving hope to these families in need. Won’t you please consider giving a kind donation to this important cause?

100% of your donations will go directly to these families.

We will rebuild… we need your help. Reply

On June 4th, 2012 lightening sparked a fire now known as the Little Bear Fire in the mountains overlooking Lincoln County, New Mexico. From there it grew to become New Mexico’s most devastating fire in history. When the smoke had cleared, this little mountain community was left with over 250 homes and businesses that were completely wiped out. Homes burned, lives turned upside down, pristine forest destroyed.

Unfortunately, shortly after the flames were extinguished, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that they will not be offering any personal financial assistance to the survivors of this fire.

Little Bear Recovery TeamIn the wake of this disaster, the Little Bear Recovery Team was formed. This team is made up of all volunteers who live and work in the Lincoln County area. We were formed with the sole purpose of providing support to the survivors of this devastating incident. We are dedicated to helping each family that was affected by this fire to reach a point of full recovery from their losses. It is our earnest hope and prayer that by sharing our hearts and resources with our friends and neighbors in need, we can help them overcome the tremendous obstacles that lie ahead during this recovery period.

The road to recovery from this fire and the possible flooding is going to be long and hard. It is also going to be very expensive, especially for those who have lost more than they can personally shelter. But you can make a life-changing difference for these families.

By making a financial donation to the Little Bear Fire Relief Fund, you are giving hope to these families in need. Won’t you please consider giving a kind donation to this important cause?

100% of your donations will go directly to these families.

BAER Fact Sheet for July 13, 2012… Reply

Lincoln County,NM (July 13,2012): Latest BAER Fact Sheet

Fire Area Closure: For public safety, closure of the Little Bear burn area remains in effect.

Aerial Application of Grass Seed: Grass seed is being spread on 19,211 acres of National Forest lands categorized as receiving moderate to severe burn intensity. Aerial seeding will occur at a rate of approximately 25 seeds per square foot in the areas that will also receive mulch, and at a rate of approximately 70 seeds per square foot on areas that are being treated with grass seed only. The seed will be spread using fixed wing aircraft.

Grass Seed Mix (certified weed-free) for Little Bear fire area:

  • Barley (sterile/annual) – 88%. Barley seed can sprout in just a few days with good moisture.
  • Slender Wheatgrass (native to the area) – 10%
  • Little Bluestem, Muttongrass and Prairie Junegrass (all native to the area) – 2%, combined

Aerial Application of Straw Mulch: Approximately 10,241 acres of moderately and severely burned National Forest lands that are being treated with straw mulch. These mulched areas are also being treated with grass seed. The mulch is being applied by helicopter at a rate of one ton per acre, which equates to approximately an inch of coverage on the ground. The straw mulch provides ground cover and retains moisture to help the grass seed sprout. It also reduces the impacts of rainfall on the soil.

Restoring Vegetation Reduces Runoff of Water and Debris: Treating burned areas with seed and mulch has proven to be highly effective in restoring vegetation, stabilizing soil, and reducing runoff of water, soil, ash, and debris. This combined treatment also significantly reduces impacts on private property, roads, bridges, infrastructure, and other values downstream.

Early Warning Systems: Precipitation-gage data, coupled with run-off model data from the US Forest Service (USFS) BAER Team, will provide alert information to Lincoln County, the Village of Ruidoso, and other emergency personnel. US Geological Survey (USGS) has worked in cooperation with the USFS and NM Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management to install precipitation gages on Buck Mountain, at Skyview recreation site near Monjeau Peak, at Blue Front/Crest Trail, near Nogal Peak, and near the Rio Bonito stables. A lake-stage precipitation system has been placed on the north shore of Bonito Lake just north of Bonito Dam. A stream flow gauge has been placed at Rio Bonito and the bridge at NM 48. Three USGS stream gages already in place in Eagle Creek are also being used to obtain precipitation and runoff data for the Little Bear fire area. The data from all of these gages covers all watershed areas affected by the Little Bear fire.

Roads: A large amount of work to repair roads that were damaged during the fire and reinforce roads to lessen the impacts from increased runoff of water and debris has been completed, especially along Forest Roads 131, 107, 127A and 117. This road work includes removal or replacement of culverts, installation of water bars, in-sloping and out-sloping to reduce erosion on gravel and dirt roads, grading or resurfacing, and installation of drain dips. Work to recondition roads after rains and runoff is ongoing.

Hazard Trees: Removal of severely burned trees already identified along county, state and National Forest System roads adjacent to Lincoln National forest lands is mostly complete. However, hazard trees will continue to be identified and removed as necessary.

Recreation: Work to repair fire damage in recreation areas including South Fork Campground is ongoing. Recreation trails have been assessed but much of the work that is planned for the trails must be postponed until the monsoon rains have passed.

For more information:
Little Bear BAER Information: (575) 224-BAER (2237)
littlebear.baer@gmail.com
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2926/

The SBA is Here! Reply

Lincoln County, NM (July 11, 2012): The Small Business Administration Disaster Relief Team is Here! They have set up an office here at the Little Bear Recovery Center on Hwy 48 1.75 miles North of the Hwy 37 cutoff. Please come by and register with them if you have had any sort of loss of personal property or any kind of business loss as a result of the damage caused by the Little Bear Fire incident.

The SBA is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5:30pm at the Little Bear Recovery Center. The SBA will be here in person until the close of the business day on Thursday, July 26th, 2012.

GETTING DISASTER HELP FROM SBA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations.
  • SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
  • Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence.
  • Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property.
  • Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury.
  • SBA offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

SBA Will only be on site at the Recovery Center Until Thursday, July 26. The easiest way to sign up is with them in person, so please come by and take advantage of this opportunity. If you miss them in person, you can still apply by September 7th, 2012 for Physical Damages and April 9th, 2013 for Economic Injury by phone or over the internet. See below for details. But don’t wait, apply now!

THREE WAYS TO APPLY TO SBA

  • Apply in person at any Disaster Loan Outreach Center and receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA representative. For information or to find a location near you, call SBA at (800) 659-2955 or visit our website at: http://www.sba.gov/content/current-disaster-declarations. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
  • You may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
  • You may complete a paper application and mail it to SBA at: 14925 Kingsport Rd., Ft. Worth, TX 76155-2243.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO SURVIVORS: The SBA Loan Process is the first step for many other types of financial assistance that will be available. If you do not apply with them, you may not be able to apply with other entities and funding sources. So please take a few minutes and do this application process. You don’t have to use any part of the loan if you are accepted.

For more detailed facts about the SBA, please refer to this fact sheet: SBA Fact Sheet

Donation Center: New Needs, New Hours Reply

The Little Bear Donation Center has new needs and new hours.

The survivors are in need of paper towels as well as other cleaning supplies. If you would like to donate these items, please drop them off at the Donation Center which is located at:

 1940 Sudderth Dr.

The new hours the Donation Center will be open are as follows:

9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Saturday

This Donation Center is open for all of the survivors of the Little Bear fire. If you have suffered loss of property due to the fire, you are why the Donation Center is here. Please come on by and take what you need. If there is something specific that you need that is not at the Donation Center, please let us know and we will get the word out!

Again, a big “Thank You” goes out to all of the people and organizations who have donated items to our Little Bear Survivors.