The corner of one barn was burned and work has already begun to repair the damage, primarily to a tack room.
“We are very fortunate,” said track general manager Jean Stoddard. “We are very thankful for the courageous work of firefighters, the police and all of the responders. They’re amazing. Our hearts and prayers are with the fellow members of our community who have been impacted by the fire.”
The White Fire started about 1:30 p.m. Sunday and the cause is unknown. The blaze was whipped by high winds in dry conditions. The winds subsided overnight, yet the fire is not contained. It continues to burn east of Ruidoso Downs and is no threat to Ruidoso Downs and the Billy The Kid Casino.
Five homes have been destroyed and firefighters’ top priority is protecting homes and structures. There have been no reports of deaths or serious injury.
Firefighting teams are using bulldozers and planes are dropping slurry on the blaze during the reduced wind.
The summer racing season at Ruidoso Downs will start May 27 with the trials to the Ruidoso Futurity.