Some Little Bear Fire residents told to evacuate

Crystal Foust watches from County Road 56 as a helicopter flies over a wildfire burning in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo., on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Firefighters on Sunday were fighting wildfires that have spread quickly in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary. The Colorado fire grew to 22 square miles within about a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged 18 structures. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Crystal Foust watches from County Road 56 as a helicopter flies over a wildfire burning in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo., on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Firefighters on Sunday were fighting wildfires that have spread quickly in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary. The Colorado fire grew to 22 square miles within about a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged 18 structures. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) -- Residents near areas burned by New Mexico's Little Bear Fire have been dealing with a new worry this weekend -- flash flooding.

Lincoln County Emergency Services ordered residents in low-lying areas and around creeks or streams to evacuate, after the area was hit by heavy rain yesterday. As much as three-quarter of an inch fell in some spots. They have since been allowed to return to their homes.

The Little Bear Fire has destroyed 242 homes and commercial structures. It had burned 59 square miles and was 60 percent contained as of Saturday night.

A lightning strike outside the resort town of Ruidoso sparked the fire on June 4. Days later, high winds sent embers more than a mile from the blaze's end, causing the inferno to grow.


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