Ute Park Fire – June 6, 2018 Evening Update

Cloud Cover Moderated Fire Behavior Today

Acres: 36,800 acres                                                      Percent Containment: 35%

Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10pm                            Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Jurisdiction: NM State                                                Fuels: Grass, Pinyon Juniper, Mixed Conifer

Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron

Resources: 611 personnel including 19 crews, 7 helicopters, 29 engines, 7 bulldozers, 10 water tenders

Prevalent cloud cover shaded the fire and limited fire activity today. Today’s increased containment is on the north side of the fire. Fire activity and smoke within the fire’s perimeter were visible from Cimarron area today, where the fire is burning a pocket of unburned pinyon junior within the containment lines.  Fire activity is expected to continue in this area, but is surrounded by previously burned areas that will confine its spread.

Hotshot crews made significant progress constructing direct fireline on the west side of the fire today. They will continue to focus on tying in a critical piece of line in coming days to help limit the fire’s spread to the west.

The smoke forecast has been updated for tonight and tomorrow based on today’s cloud cover. Any smoke impacts will be seen locally in communities closest to the fire including Ute Park and Cimarron. Smoke will drift and settle into these areas after midnight tonight and linger until mid-morning tomorrow. The latest smoke outlook is available at https://bit.ly/2Jj0c98.

Ute Park remains evacuated and State Highway 64 (between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon) remains closed for public safety. These areas remain closed as firefighters continue to work with collaborators to mitigate and address concerns related to uncontained fire activity, road conditions, powerlines, flash flooding, and firefighter safety. In the Ute Park area, firefighters and cooperators are working along the roadway, chipping thinned vegetation, and need the highway closed to make room for their equipment and give them room to operate safely. Road crews are installing Jersey barriers along sections of Highway 64 to help catch flooding debris. The power company is also working along the roadway.

No homes have burned on the Ute Park Fire. A mandatory evacuation order for the community of Ute Park is still in place and 219 residences remain threatened. Structure protection measures are in place if needed, including hoselays and sprinklers. Fourteen outbuildings burned on the Philmont Scout Ranch on May 31.

Firefighters are working to suppress this fire where they can do so safely and effectively. Values at risk include public and firefighter safety, the community of Ute Park, the Philmont Scout Ranch, the Cimarroncito and Urraca Watersheds, Cimarron Canyon State Park, private lands, economic benefits from tourism and recreation in the area, and air quality.

Use the 5-3-1 visibility method to protect your health from smoke: https://bit.ly/2jJwwd7. Air Monitoring Resources are available at https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6, https://bit.ly/2sqcLJ4. A Smoke Forecast is available at https://bit.ly/2Jj0c98.

The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Eagle Nest Senior Center at 74 N. Tomboy Dr., Eagle Nest, NM.

Call 511 or visit http://nmroads.com/ for current road info. NM 204 is closed north and south of mile marker 0 to mile marker 10. US 64 remains closed eastbound and westbound from mile marker 287 to mile marker 309 at Cimarron.

Cimarron State Park remains closed.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. More info visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.) and http://nmfireinfo.com

Colfax County Emergency Management Information: https://bit.ly/2LbNdXh

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Public Line: (505) 309-0751 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Media Line: (520) 485-8073 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

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