June 15- Ute Park Fire Daily Update

Tourists Visiting Area Should Use Caution

Ute Park Fire – June 15, 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: 38 personnel and 1 engine

US 64 is currently open between Cimarron and Eagle Nest.  Residents and visitors driving on the 64 are urged not to stop along the highway and to travel with extreme caution due to potential debris, flash flooding, or excess water on the road.

Visitors attending events in the area should be aware of possible Hwy 64 closures due to potential flash flooding. The National Weather Service predicts scattered showers and thunderstorms over much of the area this afternoon and into the night. As water runs downhill through burned areas it can pick up large amounts of ash, sand, silt, rocks, and burned vegetation. The threat of rain and flash flooding will continue into Saturday night. Call 511 or visit http://nmroads.com/ for current road conditions.

Fire suppression repair work is almost complete. A series of immediate post-fire actions have been underway to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. This work repairs the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

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.

No homes have burned on the Ute Park Fire. 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. Fourteen outbuildings burned on the Philmont Scout Ranch on May 31.

A new start was reported yesterday on private land in Raton 12 miles north of Cimarron. Named the Cottonwood Fire, the new start is located in the Vermejo Park Ranch area of Colfax County. No structures are threatened at this time. Multiple ground and air resources were called to suppress this fire. For the most up-to-date information visit https://nmfireinfo.com/

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.

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

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.) and http://nmfireinfo.com

Cottonwood Fire Info: http://nmfireinfo.com

Colfax County Emergency Management Information: https://bit.ly/2LbNdXh

Facebook: https://facbook.com/uteparkfireinfo, Twitter: https://twitter.com/uteparkfireinfo

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

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