Morris Creek Fire – Colfax County – 07/03/18

Alan Sinclair’s SW Incident Management Team #3 Assumes Command of Morris Creek Fire

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Morris Creek Fire Information Phone

(575) 383 4597

 All land management agencies and Colfax County have implemented fire restrictions area wide with few exceptions. Fireworks are prohibited area wide due to extreme fire conditions except authorized displays in Raton and Eagle Nest. No fires, fireworks, or other flame producing activities should occur until wetting rains arrive to lessen fire danger.

 Location: 18 miles west of Springer, New Mexico, in Colfax county

Start Date: June 29, 2018 Cause: Lightning

Size: Approximately 2,000 Acres   Percent Contained: 40%

Vegetation: Timber, closed timber litter, grass Resources Assigned: 130 personnel and increasing

Incident Commander: Alan Sinclair’s Type 2 SW Incident Management Team #3 Incident Commander


The Morris Creek fire continues burning on the UU Bar Ranch, Philmont Scout Ranch and State Land. Crews completed dozer line on the western side of the fire yesterday while also dealing with spot fire across the containment lines on the NE side. Additional dozer work was accomplished on the southeast perimeter, however the north and northeast perimeter remain open. Growth continued to the east and north into steep rough country.

Aided by helicopter water drops, today crews will continue to work to protect the Tri State power lines and engage the fire directly as conditions allow. An initial attack division has been created to deal with potential new starts from afternoon thunderstorms. Later today scattered thunderstorms are predicted along with associated lightning. Prevailing wind is expected to be from the southeast with outflow winds likely should thunderstorms develop. The smoke plume is anticipated to drift to the northwest with today’s prevailing winds

Incident Commander Alan Sinclair briefed crews fighting this fire this morning. He stated: “The fire has entered some extremely difficult terrain and tactics will be developed to provide the highest level of safety for fire fighter and public safety and where suppression actions have a high degree of probability of success.”

Values at risk include the Tri-state powerline, Philmont Scout Ranch, and other private property and structures. Crews made progress Monday on the fire line and will continue today, aided by available aircraft.

Closures: No closures are currently listed but please check Colfax County for specific activity closures.

For further information please visit the following link:

Inciweb: 5887


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