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Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.

Jun 18, 2024 | 7:41 pm ET
By Megan Kamerick, KUNM News Shaun Griswold
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Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.
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Kelsy Bagron holds her 5-year-old box terrier Gypsy as she talks to her father, Mike Dvorak, inside the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell gym. The gym is being used as an evacuation center for people who have been displaced by fires in and around Ruidoso. (Photo by Gregory R.C. Hasman / Albuquerque Journal) PHOTO CANNOT BE REPUBLISHED

As people evacuate from the South Fork and Salt fires, Source New Mexico is working with KUNM and other news outlets to help people connect with loved ones and friends. We set up a Google Voice number and Speak Pipe for you to record messages for people you are searching for or to let friends and family know you are safe.

We will post transcripts of those messages here. We may also broadcast these on air and a reporter may call you to follow up and interview you.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Leave your first and last name, and spell them
  • Tell us where you are from
  • Leave your message

The number to call is ‪(505) 738-4020. You can also visit the KUNM website and leave a message there. There is also a community social media page called Reunite Ruidoso, that was set up for people to post messages for loved ones. There is also an online form the group is using to find missing people.

NOTE: The Emergency Operations Center has been moved to Fire Station 1 according to the https://www.ruidoso-nm.gov/south-fork-fire. The number there is 202-794-5044.

Messages:

All names are spelled as transcribed to from spelling shared on the call. Please contact Editor Shaun Griswold at [email protected] if you would like us to remove a message. We will update when more are submitted.

  • Hi, my name is Angela Arguedas from Alamogordo. I’m looking for my dad. Victor Arguedas. He’s from Ruidoso and he’s supposed to be in evacuation, but I haven’t heard anything from him. And so if someone, if anyone hears about them, or if he’s there, if someone could please give me a call back at, thank you.
  • Hello, this is Juan and Kiana Cortez. We’re looking for family — CJ DeYoung, Wendy DeYoung, Char Meek and David Meek. [Spellings approximate] We need to get in contact with him. We haven’t been able to. Thank you.
  • Hello, my name is Dennis Harriman. And I’m searching to find the whereabouts of Pat and Dan Jones from Ruidoso. I want to make sure they’re okay and and got out. Pat’s brother,. Henry, is trying to get in touch with her also. Please if we can get that message to her and have her call. Either either Henry or myself. It would be appreciated. Thank you so much. God bless.
  • My name is Chris Murphy. I’m looking for my mother, Carolyn Murphy, who was being evacuated from Ruidoso. And any help that I can get would be much appreciated. Thank you.
  • Hi, this is Susy Barrera. I am from Reno, Nevada. I am looking for my dad, Rogelio Barrera.  Thank you.
  • Dorothy Lemos, I’m calling from Florida. This is for my mother, Delfina Pearl de la Torre. She called me last from Capitan and she didn’t tell me which shelter she was in. Please see if she could give me a call or let me know that she’s okay. Thank you.
  • Hello my name is Angel Aguirre. I’m looking for my mother and father, Yolanda Aguirre and Angel Aguirre. They were in Ruidoso and I’m in California.
  • My name is Martha Barraza. I’m from Albuquerque. I am looking for my uncle Alfredo Monarrez. His address is in Ruidoso. We have not heard from him since the fire started and we are worried and we are trying to locate him and make sure he’s okay.  Thank you.
  • My name is Don Ortega. I’m from Ruidoso. And I’m worried about one of our neighbors, Larry Nix. I try to call him and pick up the phone. And I texted him to contact me, let me know he’s all right. And he hasn’t done that and we left the fire Monday and my other neighbor left the fire. But he’s the only neighbor that hasn’t checked in with our association. And that’s why I was worried. Thank you.
  • First name Shay Matthews. I’m from Costa Mesa. I’m looking for my brother Scott Tarver. He lives in Ruidoso Brady Canyon.
  • My name is Ellen Darity. I’m from Marlow Oklahoma, and I was just calling to make sure our friends Betty and Philip Slay also owners of The Riverdeck are safe. And please let me know. Thank you.
  • Debbie Terwelp. I’m looking for my brother, Mark Terwelp. He was living in Ruiodoso. I haven’t heard from him. Thank you.
  • My name is Daniel Simms. I’m from Albuquerque. I’m looking for my mother and my father their names are Leanne Simms and Josh Simms. They were traveling in a white BMW SUV Ruidoso area at the time the fire started and please call me back if you have any information. Thank you.
  • Hi. My name is Cheri Meis. I’m looking for Brandee Scott. I spoke with her on Tuesday evening, and have not been able to get a hold of her since. Brandee, if you see this message, please call Aunt Cheri. She knows my number, but I’m letting you guys know my number is area code Thank you.
  • Hello, my name is Chayo Romero. I am from El Paso, Texas. And I am calling in regards to my first cousin. Alfredo Morales. His family and I are concerned as to his whereabouts we haven’t heard from him. Thank you.
  • If you are having difficulty locating a missing loved one due to a disaster event, please call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) for reunification support.

South Fork/Salt Fires Information Hub

Shelters are available at the following locations:

· The Inn of the Mountain Gods Convention Center, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero

· Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Gym, 52 B University Blvd.

· Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 2500 SE Main St., Roswell

· New Mexico Military Institute Athletic Center, 101 W College Blvd., Roswell

· Church on the Move, 901 W. Brasher Rd., Roswell

· Church on the Move Dream Center, 2700 W. Second, Ruidoso

· Capitan High School, 519 Smokey Bear Blvd., Capitan

· Carrizozo High School, 800 D Ave., Carrizozo

· Christ Community Church, 2960 N Scenic Dr., Alamogordo

· The New Mexico Military Institute, 101 W. College Blvd, and Roswell Civic Center, 912 N. Main Street, are accepting evacuees sheltering with leashed pets.

Evacuation of large animals/livestock:

ENM Fairgrounds, 2500 S.E. Main, in Roswell, and Lea County Fairgrounds, 101 S. Commercial Street, Lovington, are offering stable space and RV hookups. Contact Lea County Fairgrounds Director Wyatt Duncan at 575-333-0252.

The Southern New Mexico Community Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of Lincoln County is currently directing efforts to Lincoln and Otero counties through the Greatest Needs Impact Fund. This fund provides financial resources to support the immediate and long-term recovery needs for the people, animals, and places affected by the devastating wildfires in Southern New Mexico. The fund is also supported by the ongoing Shelter Fund, New Mexico Wildfire Relief Fund, and Emergency Action Fund held within the Albuquerque Community Foundation. Those wishing to contribute can do so here.

Individuals sensitive to wildfire smoke should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health 5-3-1 Visibility Method to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Learn more at https://nmtracking.doh.nm.gov/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html

Check current smoke conditions in your area here: https://fire.airnow.gov/.

Social Media/ Internet:

More information about shelters and evacuations can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/villageofruidoso
https://www.facebook.com/mescaleroapachetribe

Donations

Support Mescalero Apache Tribe’s Fire Relief

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico 

Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.
Evacuees settle in at the Eastern New Mexico University gymnasium Tuesday, June 18, 2024 after evacuating the Ruidoso area because of the South Fork and Salt fires. (Leah Romero / Source NM)
Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.
Volunteers in Roswell support evacuees of Ruidoso, Alto and Ruidoso Downs Tuesday, June 18, 2024 with donations because of the South Fork and Salt fires. (Leah Romero / Source NM)
Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.
Tom and Emma Lou Griffin bide their time in the Eastern New Mexico University gymnasium Tuesday, June 18, 2024 after evacuating Ruidoso because of the South Fork Fire. (Leah Romero / Source NM)
Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.
Dave Millsap stands next to his Jeep outside an evacuation center in Carrizozo on Tuesday morning. Millsap was one of thousands of people to evacuate because of fires in the Ruidoso area. (Photo by Gregory R.C. Hasman / Albuquerque Journal) PHOTO CANNOT BE REPUBLISHED
Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.
Jose Robles, who is a Ruidoso resident and evacuee, watches plumes of smoke billow as aircrafts combat the wildfires over and around the village of Ruidoso, N.M., on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Photo by Chancey Bush / Albuquerque Journal) PHOTO CANNOT BE REPUBLISHED
Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.
Annalecie Nave, 7, looks at her new puzzle she picked out while staying inside the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell gym on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Photo by Chancey Bush / Albuquerque Journal) PHOTO CANNOT BE REPUBLISHED
Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.
Rick Daniel, 71, reads a Tom Clancy book inside the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell gym on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Daniel, who is living in his RV, had to leave his home on wheels behind. The gym is being used as an evacuation center for people who have been displaced by fires in and around Ruidoso. (Photo by Chancey Bush / Albuquerque Journal) PHOTO CANNOT BE REPUBLISHED
Searching for friends and family in the South Fork or Salt fires? Find and leave messages here.
A wild horse crosses N.M. 48 north of Ruidoso on Tuesday in the area of the South Fork Fire. (Photo by Chancey Bush / Albuquerque Journal) PHOTO CANNOT BE REPUBLISHED