New Mexico Wildfire Update at 9 p.m. today:
Ute Park Fire, Colfax County
Start Date and Time: May 31, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.
Start Location: Near Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Grass and ponderosa pine
Acres Burned: 16,354
Structures Threatened: Yes / approximately 296
Structures Burned: 14 outbuildings
Evacuations (Y or N & #): Y / Cimarron – mandatory evacuations / Ute Park – advisory evacuations
Closures: Highway 64 between Cimarron and Eagle Nest, US 64 from I-25 to Colfax, Highway 21 from Springer to Cimarron, and State Route 58 from I-25 to Cimarron.
This fire in Colfax County is now estimated 16,354 acres, which was reduced slightly after more accurate mapping. Approximately 14 outbuildings have burned on the Philmont Scout Ranch. Currently 296 structures are threatened in the community of Cimarron, which remains under a mandatory evacuation order. Philmont Scout Ranch staff have also evacuated. There are no scouts currently at the camp. The community of Ute Park is now under advisory evacuations as the fire no longer poses a threat. Evacuation shelters have been set up at the Raton Convention Center and the Eagle Nest Senior Center. Eagle Nest lake State Park is open, but the lake is closed for helicopters fighting the fire. Cimarron State Park is closed until further notice.
Additional updates will be posted for the duration of the fire at NMFireInfo.com and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov