June 15- Cottonwood Fire Daily Update

Firefighters Work to Contain Cottonwood Fire

June 15, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 80 acres

Percent Containment10%
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

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.

Last night, firefighters established an anchor point and began construction of a hand line around the Cottonwood fire.  A Type 1 Blackhawk helicopter assisted firefighters, dropping buckets of water on burning fuel. Bucket work will continue today.

NM Road 204 remains closed from Mile Marker 0 – 10 to ensure firefighter and public safety.


A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) will be in place for the fire.
Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft (also known as “drones”) in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters and is strictly forbidden. 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/Know Before You Fly, and http://knowbeforeyoufly.org, for more information on drones and wildfires.

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

Cottonwood Fire Info: https://nmfireinfo.com/
Colfax County Emergency Management Information:
https://bit.ly/2LbNdXh

NM Roads: http://nmroads.com/mapIndex.html?
Public Line:
(505) 309-0751 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

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