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

Morris Creek Fire Activity Continues to Diminish

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Morris Canyon Fire Information Phone

(575) 383-4597

Location: 15 miles west of Miami, New Mexico, in Colfax county

Start Date: June 29, 2018   Cause: Lightning

Size: Approximately 1,625 Acres   Percent Contained: 60%

Vegetation: Timber, closed timber litter, grass   Resources Assigned: 216 personnel

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser Type 2 SW Incident Management Team #3 Incident Commander

Summary: The Morris Creek fire, burning on the UU Bar Ranch, Philmont Scout Ranch, and State Land remains in a smoldering condition due to containment lines, fire suppression work, and increased humidity.

Yesterday the fire area received wetting rain that helped to decrease fire activity. Firefighters did complete the removal of brush around a repeater north of the fire in case the fire makes future movement across Rayado Canyon. No initial attack response was needed yesterday within our area of responsibility.

Today to strengthen the fire line, fire fighters will continue to monitor and mop up along the contained perimeter.  We are beginning preparations for transition with a Type 3 Incident Management Team.

A flash flood warning has been issued today for the fire area from noon to midnight. Weather forecasts continue to include chances for showers and thunderstorms. There is concern for road conditions to change due to debris rolling onto the road from rains near the fire burn scar areas.  For up to date road closure information refer to New Mexico Department of Transportation Road Advisory Hotline 511 or NMRoads.com.

Due to the decrease of fire activity, crews will continue to be released from the Morris Canyon fire to rest, resupply, and prepare to respond to other incidents.

Team #3 Incident Commander Trainee Mark Bernal stated: “Although we have received some rain over the fire area, I am proud of the firefighter’s continued efforts to suppress the fire where it is safe to do so.  This fire is complex in nature due to the inaccessibility of the northern perimeter, rough terrain, and changing weather conditions.”

For further information please visit the following links:

NM Fire Info: https://NMfireinfo.com

Facebook: https://facebook/Morris Creek Fire Information

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident5887

Air Quality: https://bit.ly/2INMsSI

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