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Morris Creek Fire

Unit Information

Cimarron District
PO Box 5 Ute Park New Mexico 87749
Ute Park, NM 87749

7/12/18 Morris Creek Fire Update

Morris Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 7/12/2018

Morris Creek Fire Receives Much Needed Rain

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: 60%

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

Yesterday, Morris Creek Fire received 3/4 of an inch of steady rain for about an hour. Firefighters were pulled off of the line during this time for safety reasons. Although the rain did decrease the fire behavior, the northern perimeter of the fire remains uncontained due to the inaccessibility of steep, rugged terrain.

Today, weather forecasts include afternoon showers again. Crews will monitor the north side of the fire as it progresses down into the Rayado Creek drainage. Aerial resources will be utilized when and where possible to slow the fire’s progression.

The Southwest Area Incident Management Team #3 is beginning preparations for transfer of command to a Type 3 Organization, which will occur Saturday morning.

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.