Morris Creek Fire – Colfax County – 07/13/18

Last Update for the Morris Creek Fire Which Is 77% Contained

Friday, July 13, 2018

Morris Creek Fire Information Phone: 505-476-3209

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

Start Date: June 29, 2018   Cause: Lightning

Size: Approximately 1,671 Acres   Percent Contained: 77%

Vegetation: Timber, closed timber litter, grass   Resources Assigned: 192 personnel

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

Summary: The Morris Creek Fire, burning on the UU Bar Ranch, Philmont Scout Ranch, and State Land.

This will be the last official update for the Morris Creek Fire.  For information about the fire, please visit the following websites:  

Yesterday, Morris Creek Fire received 1 ¼ inches of steady rain for approximately two hours. Again, firefighters were pulled off of the line for safety reasons. The much needed rain directly resulted in the increased containment. Firefighters completed chipping operations in Crater’s Lake and vegetation removal around Miners Park. A second spot fire was detected on the northside of the Rayado Creek Canyon, but it was diminished by the afternoon showers. Part of the fire’s northern perimeter remains uncontained due to the inaccessibility of steep, rugged terrain.

Today, firefighters will be recovering hoses and pumps off of the fire line and reseeding areas where dozer line was created. Crews will continue to monitor the north side of the fire. Aerial resources will be utilized when needed. Weather forecasts throughout the weekend include afternoon showers.

The Southwest Area Incident Management Team #3 will transfer command of the fire on Saturday, July 14 at 6:00 am to a Type 3 Organization.

Team #3 Incident Commander Dave Gesser stated: “I am proud of all the work that the firefighters and fire support personnel have done during this fire assignment.  My goal as an Incident Commander is to ensure that everyone who has worked on the fire is able to return home safely to their families.”

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.

For further information please visit the following links:

NM Fire Info: https://NMfireinfo.com

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

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