Cottonwood Fire – Colfax County – 6/14/18

Acres: 90 acres                                                                                                                              Percent Containment: 0%              
Start Date: June 14, 2018                                                                                              Cause: Unknown, under investigation                                                          Jurisdiction: Private                                                                                                              Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Origin Location: Vermejo Ranch area, Raton, NM, 12 miles north of Cimarron, NM
Latitude: 36.44 35
Longitude: -104 55.07
Resources: 4 crews, 1 helicopter, 4 engines, 4 overhead, additional resources ordered

This new fire is burning on private land in Raton, NM, 12 miles north of Cimarron.  The fire is estimated at 80 acres and located in the Vermejo Park Ranch area of Colfax County.  No structures are threatened at this time.  Multiple ground and air resources have been called in to suppress this fire.

Firefighters are working to suppress this fire where they can do so safely and effectively.  
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 , Know Before You Fly, and, for more information on drones and wildfires.
Use the 5-3-1 visibility method to protect your health from smoke Air Monitoring Resources are available at

Cottonwood Fire Info:
Colfax County Emergency Management Information:
Public Line: (505) 309-0751 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)




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