Morris Creek Fire Did Not Receive Rain Yesterday as Anticipated
Location: 15 miles west of Miami, New Mexico, in Colfax county
Start Date: June 29, 2018 Cause: Lightning
Size: Approximately 1,623 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 has not received the much needed monsoonal moisture as predicted earlier in the week. The northern perimeter and interior unburned pockets of fuel will continue to actively burn until the monsoons have arrived.
Yesterday no rain occurred over the fire area. Air resources dropped 23,000 gallons of water to assist with suppression efforts when the fire moved across the Rayado Creek Drainage to the north.
Today fire fighters are being repositioned to prepare for any further movement of the fire to the north. Smoldering fire behavior continues around the east, south and west sides of the fire. Dry, hot conditions are occurring over the fire and chances for rain over the fire area have decreased for the next few days.
Agency Administrators and Incident Commanders have made the decision to have the Type 2 Team continue to manage the Morris Creek Fire.
Weather forecasts continue to include chances for showers and thunderstorms for some parts of New Mexico. 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.
Team #3 Air Operations Branch Director Dan Sullivan stated: “Our air operation resources continue to be instrumental in the suppression efforts. Yesterday, they used 23,000 gallons of water and had over 8 hour of flight time. It is critical that our firefighters in the air are provided a safe working environment to complete their mission. I am grateful that we have not had any reports of drones flying over the area and just want to remind the public that if you fly drones over a fire area, we have to stand down our operations.”