New Mexico Wildfire: #UteParkFire Implodes | 2

UPDATE | 2115 hours PDT.

EAGLES NEST, New Mex. – A new wildfire started on Thursday, May 31, 2018, around 1116 hours MDT (1216 PDT) has now imploded with acreage originally reported at varying numbers from 100 to 2200 to 3900 being scorched from various sources.

The last official word we heard was 2,200 acres. That was on Thursday, May 31st.  Today is June 1st and it is a completely story.

LOCATION

A fire was reportedly burning on the Philmont Scout Ranch property near Ute Park.  (May 31, 2018).  There were no participants.  All staff at that time were accounted for.

North view at Summit | Photo Credit: Angel Fire Resort

The fire is said to be burning on private land off of (burning on both sides of) Highway 64 and 1 mile east of in Ute Park, as well as 15 miles south of Eagles Nest, New Mexico (northeast portion of).  It is unknown if this was where the ignition point where the fire first started.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

RESOURCES

 130 personnel are assigned to this incident.

The following resources were dispatched on May 31, 2018:

Helicopter – Type 1 Limited HELICOPTER – T1L – 6962R
Fixed Wing – Air Tactical FIXED WING – AIR TACTICAL – N261GB
Team – Buying Pending
Team – Type 1 Long TEAM – IMT – T1 – TEAM 1 – DAY
Helicopter – Type 2 Standard HELICOPTER – T2S – 669H
Helicopter – Type 3 Standard Pending
Helicopter – Type 3 Standard HELICOPTER – T3S – 350VR
Helicopter – Type 3 Standard Pending
Helicopter – Type 3 Standard HELICOPTER – T3S – 406PJ
Crew – Type 1 CREW – T1 – NMCIF – MT. TAYLOR IHC
Fixed Wing – Leadplane FIXED WING – LEADPLANE/ASM – N741JR – B200GT
Helicopter – Type 1 Limited HELICOPTER – T1L – 803PJ
Helicopter – Type 1 Limited HELICOPTER – T1L – 947CH
Crew – Type 2 CREW – T2 – NMN6S – IWC #705 – 12 PERSON
Crew – Type 2 CREW – T2 – NMN6S – IWC #702 – 12 PERSON
Fixed Wing – Air Tactical FIXED WING – AIR TACTICAL – N775DM
Team – Type 3 TEAM – IMT – T3 – NORTHERN NM
Helicopter – Type 1 Limited HELICOPTER – T1L – 471CH
Fixed Wing – Air Tactical FIXED WING – AIR TACTICAL – N32WS – AA05
Crew – Type 1 CREW – T1 – Carson Hotshots IHC
Airtanker – Type 1 or 2 AIRTANKER – T1 – 167 – RJ85
Airtanker – Type 1 or 2 AIRTANKER – T1 – 03 – BAE-146
Airtanker – VLAT AIRTANKER – VLAT – 911 – DC-10
Airtanker – VLAT AIRTANKER – VLAT – 910 – DC-10
Fixed Wing – Lead plane FIXED WING – LEADPLANE/ASM – N6300F – KA200

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

SWCC, Colfax County, NM Fire Info, Angel FD, NM Environmental Public Health Tracking – EPHT, Ute Park Fire, NM DOT, Angel Fire Resort, Philmont Scout Ranch (Boy Scouts of America), Red Cross, Colfax County EM and Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Inc., NM State Forestry, Sandoval County Fire, FEMA and Colfax County Government.

Fire Management Assistance Grants: to prevent a wildfire from becoming a major disaster. State requests assistance at threat of major disaster. FEMA regional office evaluates request with technical assessment from Dept. of Interior Advisor. Fire Management Assistance Grant declared. Grant covers: personnel,staffing, equipment,supplies, meals, health,safety items, pre-positioning resources, & emergency work.

Photo Credit: FEMA

FEMA has approved a fire management grant for this fire.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire officials say fire behavior is extreme, torching, running and with a high rate of spread.  The official word is that there has been a total of 16,500 acres of timber (with grass and understory) destroyed. There is a 0% containment status.

Fire behavior is active and has a high rate of spread.

Ute Park Fire Photo credit NM State Forestry

Photo Credit: NM State Forestry

There are at least 296 structures under direct threat.  12 non-residential and unoccupied structures at Cimarroncita have been lost.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Kit Carson Telecoms Cellular:  “Customers are experiencing outages in the region.  A main fiber optic lines comes through Ute Park.  Though service has redundant lines, it is experiencing ongoing problems in shifting traffic. 

CLOSURES

The NM DOT agency has closed US 64 east and westbound lanes from mile marker 285 to 309, which is Eagle Nest to Cimarron.

Cimarron Canyon State Park and roadways are closed to allow access for fire resources.

East Nest Lake is closed due to fire air resources are using to dip out of the lake as a water resource.  The Park is however, open.

Highway 64 is still closed between Eagle Nest Lake.

SR 204 is closed at Cimarron.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for Ute Park and the Village of Cimarron communities.

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Staff preparing to evacuate. | Photo Credit: Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch staff are currently in the process of evacuating to Colfax County Fairgrounds due to air quality. (as of 1545 MDT)

SHELTERS

Two American Red Cross evacuation shelters are located at Eagle Nest Senior Center, 74 N Tomboy Drive in Eagle Nest, NM and at the Raton Convention Center located at 901 S 3rd Street, Raton. (These are the only ones listed by Fire Officials)

The Pet Pals Dog Boarding Kennel is offer shelter for anyone involved in the Fire.  Info here –> eaglenestdogboarding.com

FIRE WEATHER

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque (New Mexico) put out a summary of today’s weather and what is being forecasted over the weekend.

“From 3% humidity values today to a 60% change or higher of showers and thunderstorms this Sunday in and near the (Fire). Potential for flash flooding, severe storms in 48 hours.” 

SOCIAL MEDIA

“Town of Cimarron has at least 15 buildings on the Federal National Historic Places list, including the Saint James Hotel built in 1872 by Lincoln’s personal chef and host to Wyatt Earp, Jesse James etc.”

“Flames observed moving dangerously close to Cimarron.”

“Smoke can be seen in southeast Colorado from the top of Pikes Peak.”

When #EveryDayHeroes appear for those who need them the most.  #AngelFireResort released a presser:  “Any residents affected by the Ute Park fire are welcome to stay at the Angel Fire Resort Lodge for no cost. RV Resort, Private Condos and homes are also available for discounted rates. Please call 575-377-4365 for more info. “

“As of 1400 hours today, the (fire) more than doubled in size – in a matter of 6 hours.  We’re in a record drought.”

“There is a drought near my hometown of Taos. “

Flames are really coming into town now and over the crest. The winds are picking up.” Seen from Scents West, Cimarron Candles.

“On Friday, a plane will likely fly over the (fire) with infrared sensing gear. Data will be analyzed by Fire personnel and a series of maps will be prepared for usage by crews on Saturday.”

“Smoke reported in Trinidad and surrounding areas, which is roughly 50 miles southwest.”

HASHTAGS

Hashtags being used for this wildfire are #NMFire #UteParkFire #NMwildfire2018 #nmwx

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