New Mexico Kokopelli Fire Complex (FM-2398)
Incident period: March 23, 2002 to April 1, 2002
Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on March 23, 2002
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March 26, 2002
Washington, DC -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the use of federal funds to help New Mexico fight the outbreak of uncontrolled wildfires burning in the Ruidoso area in Lincoln County within four hours of being contacted by the state. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the state?s request for federal fire management assistance was approved after it was reported that the 2,500-acre Kokopelli Fire Complex, consisting of three fires, posed a threat to life and property in the city Ruidoso with a population of 7,700.