Ute Park Fire – Colfax County – 06/01 – 2:20 p.m.

The Ute Park fire, burning on private land off of Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, is currently estimated at 16,500 acres and 0% contained.  At least 296 structures are threatened.  The communities of Ute Park and the Village of Cimarron are under mandatory evacuation orders.  The Red Cross is operating an evacuation center at the Eagle Nest Senior Center in Eagle Nest.  They are also supporting a second evacuation center at the Raton Convention Center.  Cimarron Canyon State Park will now be closed in order to keep the roadway open for fire crews.  Eagle Nest Lake State Park is still open, but the lake is closed for helicopters to fight the fire. Highway 64, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron remains closed, and State Route 204 is closed at Cimarron. There may be other localized road closures in place around the fire.  Red flag conditions are in effect until 8:00 p.m. tonight (06/01).

 

Start Date & Time: 05/31/18, 14:10
Start Location: Near Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Latitude:  36.551389
Longitude: -105.121125
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Grass and ponderosa pine
Acres Burned: 16,500
Ownership(s):  State
Structures Threatened:  Yes/296
Structures Burned:  12 non-residential, unoccupied
Evacuations (Y or N & #): Y / Mandatory evacuation order in place for Hummingbird Lane, Ute Park and Cimarron.
Containment: 0%
Closures:  Highway 64, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron is closed, and State Route 204 is closed at Cimarron. There may be other localized road closures in place around the fire.

 

Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
New Mexico State Forestry
wendy.mason@state.nm.us

 

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