Ute Park Fire – June 11, 2018 Morning Update

Hwy 64 Re-Opens to General Public

Ute Park Fire – June 11, 2018 Morning Update

Acres: 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont Scout Ranch)

Percent Containment: 77%

Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10pm

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Jurisdiction: NM State

Fuels: Grass, Piñon Juniper, Mixed Conifer

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

Resources: 445 personnel, 8 crews, 7 helicopters, 11 engines, 1 dozer, and 4 water tenders


US 64 has opened between mile marker 287 at Eagle Nest to mile marker 309.
Delays may be possible due to road crews installing concrete Jersey barriers along sections of Highway 64 to prevent rolling and flooding debris from reaching the road. NM 204 remains closed north and south of mile marker 0 to mile marker 10, only residents are being allowed access. Call 511 or visit http://nmroads.com/ for current road info.

Cimarron Canyon State Park remains closed.  Visit the Cimarron Canyon State Park website for current updates.  Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open.

Despite the strong winds yesterday, containment lines around the perimeter of the fire held strong. Today’s weather will again near critical fire levels, but less wind is expected. Firefighters are prepared to respond to new starts in the area if needed.

Firefighters completed suppression repair yesterday, helping restore damage caused during suppression efforts (dozer line, helispots, etc.) to help minimize long term impacts. Firefighters will patrol and monitor existing containment lines around the north, east, and south flanks of the fire.

Smoke and flame will continue to be visible over the next few weeks until the area receives significant precipitation. Islands of unburned vegetation within the containment lines will continue to burn; however, this fire behavior is expected and is not a threat to the fire perimeter.

No homes have burned on the Ute Park Fire. 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.

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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Twitter: https://twitter.com/uteparkfireinfo

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

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