PO Box 5 Ute Park New Mexico 87749
Ute Park, NM 87749
Progress Made on West Flank
Ute Park Fire - June 5, 2018 Evening Update
Acres: 36,800 acres Percent Containment: 30%
Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10pm Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: NM State Fuels: Grass, Pinyon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Resources: 604 personnel including 15 crews, 7 helicopters, 29 engines, 7 bulldozers, 10 water tenders
Fire activity today was limited to isolated flare-ups and smoldering. A high pressure system is persisting over the region and conditions are expected to become hotter and drier through the week.
Nine hotshot crews are working directly on the fire’s west flank in steep and rugged terrain. The crews are progressing north from Cimarron Canyon and south from Ute Park. These firefighters are staying on the fireline in spike camps and being re-supplied by helicopters, which are also dropping water on hotspots. Firefighters are also scouting and planning for contingency lines in the event burning operations become necessary.
Firefighters are hotspotting and securing the fire’s north flank, where fire activity is being limited by the 2002 Ponil Fire burn scar. Crews are patrolling the fire’s east and south flanks and mopping-up hot spots. A spike camp is set up at the Philmont Scout Ranch to better support these firefighters and minimize travel times to the fireline.
The evacuation order for Cimarron and the surrounding area was lifted Monday. A community meeting was held today in Cimarron, and can be viewed at https://facebook.com/uteparkfireinfo.
Firefighters are clearing brush along Highway 64 west of Ute Park. A mandatory evacuation order for the community is still in place and 219 structures remain threatened. Firefighters are completing structure protection measures in the area, setting up hoselays and sprinklers.
No homes have burned on the Ute Park Fire. Fourteen outbuildings burned on the Philmont Scout Ranch on May 31.
Values threatened by the Ute Park Fire are 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.
Carson National Forest has rescinded its temporary closure of the East Side of Valle Vidal Unit. Eagle Nest Lake State Park is now open to boating. Cimarron State Park remains closed.
Use the 5-3-1 visibility method to protect your health from smoke: https://bit.ly/2jJwwd7. Air Monitoring Resources are available online at https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6, https://bit.ly/2sqcLJ4, and https://bit.ly/2Jj0c98.
The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Eagle Nest Senior Center at 74 N. Tomboy Dr., Eagle Nest, NM.
Call 511 or visit http://nmroads.com/ for current road information. US 64 is closed eastbound and westbound from mile marker 287 to mile marker 309 at Cimarron. Road crews installing Jersey barriers along sections of Highway 64. NM 204 is closed north and south of mile marker 0 to mile marker 10.
Colfax County Emergency Management Information: https://bit.ly/2LbNdXh
Public Line: (505) 309-0751 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Media Line: (520) 485-8073 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)