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Ruidoso fire prompts evacuation

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By Associated Press

RUIDOSO — The Ruidoso Police Department says residents are being evacuated from the Pine Cliff area because of a fire.

The fire was sparked in a wooded residential neighborhood on the southeastern edge of Ruidoso on Thursday afternoon. Crews from Ruidoso, nearby Ruidoso Downs, Lincoln County and the State Forestry Division were responding.

Evacuees were being directed to a church in Ruidoso.

Authorities could not immediately say how many residents live in the area or provide details on the size of the fire.

Strong afternoon winds that were hampering firefighting efforts in other parts of the state were also affecting the Ruidoso area.