People often ask me about the location of the banner photo on this blog. This is a picture of one of my favorite towns: Ruidoso, NM.
Sadly, this lovely community has been devastated by a forest fire (The Little Bear fire) that is still not under control as of 6/12/12. Current assessments estimate 234 structures burned. This includes residential homes, commercial buildings, outbuildings, vacation homes, and cabins. The pastoral scene in this picture probably no longer exists. Many of the residents have been in shelters since Sunday and have no home to return to.
If you would like to donate to the victims of the Little Bear Fire, please contact the Red Cross. To learn more about Ruidoso, New Mexico, or to read updates about the fire and the latest conditions, please visit their community page on Facebook or follow the Twitter hashtag #littlebearfire.