Morris Creek Fire – Colfax County – 07/04/18

Increased Thunderstorms Forecast

Tuesday, July 4, 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 due to extreme fire conditions except authorized displays in Raton and Eagle Nest. No fires, fireworks, or other flame producing activities are allowed 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 1,563 Acres   Percent Contained: 28%

Vegetation: Timber, closed timber litter, grass   Resources Assigned: 280 personnel

Incident Commander: Alan Sinclair SW Incident Management Team #3 Incident Commander

Summary: The Morris Creek fire, burning on the UU Bar Ranch, Philmont Scout Ranch and State Land, received about 1/10th inch of much needed moisture from area thunderstorms yesterday. Although helpful, it does not substantially increase heavy fuels moisture content.

Acreage figures derived from earlier estimates of the fire’s size have been reduced after an infrared aerial survey conducted last night. As a result, todays reported size and percent containment have been reduced to reflect that survey. Humidity also rose over the fire during the mid-day slowing burning conditions and resulted in less acreage growth than would have been expected without it.

Crews worked yesterday to strengthen fire lines and focused again on the north and northeast section of the perimeter where rough country has made establishing defensible perimeter challenging. These efforts have resulted in dozer line in place up the eastern perimeter and contingency line construction into Agua Fria Canyon, further reducing the fire’s ability to spread southward.

Today crews again will focus heavily on the north and north eastern perimeter. A hose lay will occur on established bulldozer line up to the canyon rim on the north east. Other crews will be reinforcing and holding established lines. Still others have bolstered structural protection forces. Additional resources have arrived doubling assigned crews working the fire.

Operations Section Chief Darrell Willis offers: “Today will be a pivotal day as the weather forecast is for substantial moisture to move into our area Thursday, potentially dropping from one quarter to ½ inch of rain through the weekend. The continuing and steady progress made by firefighters and the forecasted moisture will aid in reduced potential movement.”

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

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