June 14- Ute Park Fire Daily Update

Fire Area Received Rain Yesterday

Ute Park Fire – June 14, 2018 Daily Update

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

Percent Containment: 95%

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: 126 personnel including 3 crews, 2 helicopters, 6 engines, 1 water tender

The Fire area received rain yesterday.  The chance for wetting precipitation and thunderstorms will increase daily through the end of the week with a risk of locally heavy rainfall and burn scar flash flooding.

Public and firefighter safety is of utmost concern. Firefighters are prepared to respond to new fire starts in the area if needed. Officials advise residents to call 911 and not to attempt fire suppression on their own.

US 64 is currently open between Cimarron and Eagle Nest.  Residents and visitors are reminded to drive with caution on Hwy 64 due to potential debris or excess water on the road.  Expect possible closure of Hwy 64 due to the potential of flash flooding through the monsoon season.  Call 511 or visit http://nmroads.com/ for current road conditions.

The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is holding a Stakeholder Meeting June 15, 10:00 am, at the Philmont Scout Ranch. Stakeholders will discuss the future implementation of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP) and those interested in obtaining more information are invited.

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

Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor 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.

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.

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


Twitter: https://twitter.com/uteparkfireinfo

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


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: