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2022 McBride Fire – Ruidoso, New Mexico

On April 13, 2022, the McBride Fire burned through Lincoln County in Southern New Mexico, destroying 6,000+ acres and more than 200 homes. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham visited the village and met with local officials, posting on Twitter, “There’s no doubt that recovery will be a challenging process, but the state will be an active partner with Ruidoso and Lincoln County every step of the way.”

The wildfire is one of several burning across the state. The largest blaze, Hermits Peak Fire, has grown to more than 7,300 acres. Farther south, the Nogal Canyon Fire has also burned several hundred acres and 6 homes. 

CERF+ is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to any requests for emergency financial assistance from eligible artists who work in craft disciplines. If you are a materials-based artist or artisan impacted by the fires, please visit our recovery resources and submit an inquiry for our emergency relief program. We are here for you and can help guide you through the application process.

This is a particularly stressful situation for all residents affected by this disaster. We encourage anyone personally affected to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.