Corona is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, located on U.S. Route 54. The population was 165 at the 2000 census. Corona is the closest habitation to a purported UFO crash in 1947 about 30 miles (48 km) to the southeast. (See Roswell UFO incident) The rancher who found the crash first came to Corona to report it to a few residents before going to Roswell to tell officials there. In 2004, Corona was the site of a 4,000 acres (16 km2) forest fire, begun when an anonymous person ignited a pile of pine needles.