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. 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 4000 acre (16 km²) forest fire, begun when an anonymous person ignited a pile of pine needles.