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FBI offering $10,000 for information on who started New Mexico wildfires

The fires have killed two people, destroyed hundreds of homes and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people and their pets.
APTOPIX New Mexico Wildfires June 2024
Posted at 6:16 AM, Jun 23, 2024

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for starting wildfires near Ruidoso, New Mexico.

The fires have killed two people, destroyed hundreds of homes and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people and their pets.

Officials said the South Fork Fire and Salt Fire were discovered over a week ago on June 17.

The FBI's Albuquerque Field Office has been working with local, state, federal, and tribal partners to determine a cause as authorities call on the public for help.

On Monday, evacuations in Ruidoso were lifted, but some areas remained “no entry” or “exclusion” zones as the U.S. Army Reserve continues recovery efforts.

Fire crews are working to secure the fire and conducting structural assessments where weather conditions permit.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for New Mexico, freeing up federal funds that will assist affected individuals, households and businesses in the area.

“This federal assistance will help affected residents receive the necessary aid to begin to recover and rebuild their lives,” New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a press release.

The South Fork fire, which has burned over 17,500 acres, is 37% contained. The Salt Fire is 7% contained, and has burned over 7,800 acres,

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI's Toll-Free tipline at 1(800) CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

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