SBTC Disaster Relief volunteers are responding to the New Mexico wildfires at the request of the disaster relief ministry of the New Mexico Baptist Convention.
Volunteers trained in cleanup and recovery, communications and chaplaincy were scheduled to begin working near the mountain resort town of Ruidoso, in the southern part of the state, on July 9, SBC DR Director Jim Richardson said.
A wildfire near Ruidoso that destroyed 242 homes and businesses was 95 percent contained on June 29, according to the Associated Press.
Battles against the 69-square-mile Little Bear fire was helped by rains along the southern edge of the blaze, the AP reported. The lightning-caused fire began on June 4.
In southwestern New Mexico, firefighters were battling the record-setting Whitewater-Baldy fire covering more than 465 square miles. It was considered 87 percent contained on June 29, news reports said.
Disaster relief volunteers are being housed at First Baptist Church of Ruidoso.
Richardson requested prayer for those who have been affected by wildfires and for DR volunteers.