Those fans sharpening their teeth for the upcoming Down show at Mescalero, New Mexico will have to wait a little longer to catch them live. The June 20th concert at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino has been postponed due to wildfires rapidly spreading in the area.

“The entirety of the Down camp wish for the safety of everyone in the Mescalero Apache reservation, Ruidoso, and surrounding areas,” the band stated via social media. “Everyone in Down & Inn of the Mountain Gods is in agreement that we will reschedule the show ASAP. Sending best of vibes, hope, & love to everyone affected.”

“We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause our guests, but our primary concern is the safety of everyone involved,” said Frizzell Frizzell Jr., Chief Operating Officer at Inn of the Mountain Gods. “We encourage our guests and the local community to exercise caution during this time and are committed to working closely with fire management teams to support our neighbors and provide shelter for those who may have been displaced by the fires.”

The Mescalero Apache Reservation is battling the South Fork Fire, which ignited Monday and prompted a state of emergency declaration from President Thora Walsh Padilla. The blaze, along with another growing fire, has forced thousands of southern New Mexico residents to evacuate their homes and caused a partial closure of U.S. Highway 70.

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