RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Bonito Lake north of Ruidoso is no longer viable as a drinking water source for the city of Alamogordo after a wildfire filled the body of water with silt and ash.
The Ruidoso News reports (http://bit.ly/NkSYiN) that the lake known for as a fishing and camping retreat now has the odor of charred trees and rotting fish in the air.
Justin King, public works project manager for Ruidoso, says it will take several years of dredging to correct the problems.
The lightning-sparked Little Bear Fire burned through nearly 70 square miles and destroyed more than 240 homes and other structures earlier this summer.
The Ruidoso News reported that crews working around the lake are focusing on keeping the level below the spillway to prevent more damage downstream.
Be sure to check out the link to the Ruidoso News story, which is longer and includes photos, too.