“Ruidoso Police Department received information about an elderly couple who attempted to evacuate the McBride Fire but were unaccounted for by family members,” officials said in the news release.
The deaths are under investigation and the Office of the Medical Investigator is working to identify the victims, state police said.
Earlier Wednesday, fire officials were bracing for intensified fire activity.
The state received federal fire management assistance grants, which will provide resources for crews battling wildfires, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday in a statement.
“I want to assure the people of New Mexico that our local, state, federal and tribal agencies are working around the clock to make sure evacuees have the support they need as these unprecedented spring wildfires tear through our communities,” the governor said in a statement.
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