Ute Park Fire – June 13, 2018 Daily Update

Post Suppression Repair Efforts Begin  

Ute Park Fire – June 13, 2018 Daily Update

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

Percent Containment: 92%

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

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Jurisdiction: New Mexico, State and Private Land

Fuels: grass, piñon-juniper and ponderosa pine

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

Resources: 244 personnel including 4 crews, 2 helicopters, 8 engines, 4 water tenders

Yesterday, a cooperators meeting was held at Philmont Scout Ranch.  Cooperators discussed future impact to area watersheds and potential flash flooding.  Post suppression repair efforts began over the fire area yesterday and will continue today.  This includes erosion control on the perimeter of the burned area and seeding the interior.

US 64 between mile marker 287 at Eagle Nest, to mile marker 309 is open. Delays may continue in the coming weeks as road crews work to prevent rolling and flooding debris from reaching the road and clearing debris after rains, as needed.  Call 511 or visit http://nmroads.com/ for current road conditions.

The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Team (Jamie Long, Incident Commander) took command of the fire June 12 at 6:00am.  Beginning June 12 updates will be issued once a day, unless significant events occur.

Cimarron Canyon State Park will remain closed through at least July 8, 2018. Visit the Cimarron Canyon State Park website for current updates.

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.

Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft (also known as “drones”) in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire whether there is a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) in effect or not. It is always dangerous to fly over or near a wildfire. If you fly, someone could die! Visit https://www.nifc.gov/drones/  for more information on drones and wildfires.

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.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. For more info visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

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.

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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