The Wildfire Log: New Mexico’s The Little Fire

UPDATE 1 – JUNE 29 – SATURDAY

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Another wildfire has been sparked by lightning but this fire has been named THE LITTLE FIRE, that is burning on the National Forest System Lands on The Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest in Catron County, New Mexico.

The wildfire started today, which is located approximately 4.5 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

There has been 222 acres of ponderosa pine, needle cast and grass, which has been destroyed. It is being reported as moving in a northwest and northeast direction.  Fire Officials are monitoring the fire and is currently not fully staffed.

Smoke is visible from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, the Upper and Lower Scorpion Campgrounds and Woody’s Corral.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog  – Updated @ 1830 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Spring Fire | NM | 1

GILA NATIONAL FOREST, NEW MEXICO

Update 1:  June 10, 2019 (Monday) – 1000 hours PDT

A wildfire named the SPRING FIRE is burning on the Gila National Forest, about 44 miles north of Mimbres, New Mexico.

About 2,200 acres of timber and short grass have been scorched.  This incident is being managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT team.  Crews have reached a 10% containment status.

There are 53 total personnel assigned with one crew and five engines.

Total fire suppression and containment costs have reached $136,000.00.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

NEW | New Mexico Wildfire | Owl Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 | 0815 PDT

Incident Summary 

Fire started on June 30, 2018, by lightning about 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain and is south of Aspen Mountain near the Flying T trail in an inventoried roadless area on  Gila National Forest lands.

Fire fuels include Timber (litter, grass and understory).

Resources

There are currently 276 fire assets assigned on this incident.

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior has been low to moderate with single-tree torching.  It has mostly spread is to the north and east while being visible from Alma, New Mexico along the US Hwy 180 corridor through Luna.  Those may be able to see smoke from Alpine Arizona and the Rancho Grande subdivision.

Current Status

Fire has consumed 4,018 acres.  There is no known containment status at the time of this posting.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

New Mexico Wildfire | Sardinas Canyon Fire | 1

SARDINAS CANYON, Mex. – A large wildfire that ignited and showed up on-scene, took off on June 24, 2018, around 1409 hours MDT.

LOCATION

The fire is burning in Sardinas Canyon, about 18 miles southeast of Taos on Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest.

FIRE STATUS

The fire has consumed 2,307 acres of aspen, hi-altitude mixed conifer and sub-alpine pine.  Crews have reached a successful 12% containment status but still focusing on the fire suppression objective of 100%.

Fire Officials have ruled this to be human-caused but its exact point of origin or cause is still being investigated.

Photo Credit | Carson NF – Inciweb

A TFR or temporary flight restriction over the fire is in effect.  As reminder :  No Drones in Fire Zones as this will cause existing assigned air craft to land and operations cease putting lives and property in danger.  #NoDronesInFireZones

RESOURCES

There are currently 164 personnel with the assistance of three crews, seven engines, two dozers, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders, one grader, one ambulance, one rapid extrication module and a single skidgen.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#SardinasCanyonFire #SardinasCanyon #NMwildfires2018 #CarsonNF #CaminoRealRangerDistrict #Inciweb

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2005 PDT

 

New Mexico Wildfire | Pepper Spring Fire | 1

CAMP WEHINAHPAY, New Mex. – A small wildfire is burning in Pepper Canyon, .5 mile south of Camp Wehinahpay, New Mexico on the Sacramento Ranger District in the Lincoln National Forest.

The fire was detected on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 around 1600 hours MST.

RESOURCES

There are currently three engines and one Interagency hotshot crew assigned with a total of 35 fire personnel.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Fire is burning in brush and dead standing trees.  It was ignited by lightning and crews have been successful in limited the rate of spread for this fire, holding it at three acres.

The fire is burning in the old scar  of the Scott Able Fire.

Behavior is very low intensity, creeping along the ground and burning dead and down logs as well as debris.   Rain fell over the fire ground and more is in the forecast in the upcoming days.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2110 hours PDT

New Mexico Wildfire: #SoldierCanyonFire | 1

MESCALERO, New Mex. – A wildfire was detected on Thursday, June 7th at 1500 hours PDT from an unknown human-caused.   It is currently under investigation.

On June 8, the fire had extreme fire behavior with minimal spread.

Location

The wildfire is located about one mile north of the town of Mescalero in Soldier Canyon on BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) tribal lands on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

Photo Credit | Joseph Elfelt @MappingSupport

FIRE STATUS

June 10, 2018

  • 247 personnel are assigned to this incident including 7 Type 1 hotshot crews, 1 type 2 hand crew, 7 engines, 1 type 1 helicopter, 1 type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as needed.
  • Minimal fire activity.
  • The fire has consumed 1,300 acres of ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and pinon juniper. (reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping).
  • 15% containment status.
  • Direct threats to cultural and archeological resources, tribal facilities, rec areas and the Tri-State power lines are currently of concern to Fire Managers.
  • All evacuation orders have been lifted.

June 9, 2018

  • Elevated to Preparedness Level 4.
  • Minimal fire growth overnight.
  • Evacuation orders lifted as of 1500 hours MDT.

June 8, 2018

  • 1,300 acres. 5% contained.
  • 1 VLAT, 1 Lead, 1 Air Attack, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 1 Type 2  Initial Attack crew ordered with an IMET en route.
  • Additionally 2 Airtankers, 2 IHCs (Valyermo, Smokey Bear) ordered.
  • 7 Hotshot crews constructed a fire line directly on the east and west flanks.
  • Structure protection on numerous homes.
  • Type 3 IMT as Command.
  • Air resources, BIA and US Forest Service en route.
  • Estimated 300 – 400 people evacuated.
  • Tri-State power company shutting off power to Tularosa Mescalero Ruidoso Downs at 1345 hours to enable slurry bombers can attack the fire.

June 7, 2018

  • Fire gaining ground near Mescalero in the Sacramento Mountains.
  • Type 1 IMT ordered and due to arrive on June 8, 2018.
  • Up to 200 acres and increase fast initially).
  • Mandatory evacuations in progress for : Blank Canyon, Windy Point, White Mountain subdivision.
  • US 70 mile marker 270 (Tularosa) to mile marker 248 (Mescalero) closed in both directions.

Photo Credit | FlightRadar

  • Shelter at Mescalero Community Center, Mescalero Reformed Church, Tularosa Rec Center.
  • Weather conditions – light and generally from the east at the surface but smoke moving northeast due to mid and upper-level wind direction. Dry storms nearby causing gusty, erratic conditions.
  • 2,554 acres. 0% containment.
  • Reports fire can been from Santa Fe County, a dark orange bank of clouds far behind the Ortiz Mountains.

WEATHER FORECAST

Thunderstorms are expected for the area that may bring light rain and erratic winds to the fire area.  Some crews are on stand-by ready for any new starts that may appear in the area.

Fire danger is extremely high and restrictions remain in place for the Sacramento Mountain Range and Mescalero Apache lands.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – updated 1300  hours PDT

 

New Mexico Wildfire: #BuzzardFire Burns in Reserve | 1

RESERVE, New Mex. – A human-caused wildfire named the Buzzard Fire started on May 22, 2018 that is located 10 miles NE of Reserve and north of the Eagle Peak Lookout on the Reserve Ranger District of the Gila National.

Nighttime burnout operations conducted late on Saturday, May 26. Photo by Matias Telles.

Nighttime burnout operations conducted on May 26, 2018. Photo Credit | USFS

RESOURCES

Staffing:

  • 576 total personnel
  • IC is Steve Millert, SW IMT Team 4, Type 2

Equipment:

  • 11 crews
  • 14 engines
  • 5 helicopters

0600 AM briefing on Buzzard Fire

The men and women who have been working tirelessly meet for a 0600 briefing. Photo Credit | USFS

FIRE TACTICS

  • Northeastern head: Firefighters had winds to their backs secured fire line and halted the forward spread of fire
  • Southern side:  Winds pushed fire up hill to the west over Eagle Peak
Eagle Peak Lookout Observation Platform

Eagle Peak Lookout Observation platform. Photo Credit | USFS

  • Air Assets: Air tankers and helicopter water drops aiding in structure protection of the Lookout
  • Burnout operations aided in securing fire control lines to the west of Deadman’s Ranch
  • Southwestern side:  Firefighters are expected to implement burnout operations on the edge of the fire.

CURRENT STATUS

  • 29,727 acres of timber (litter, grass and understory) destroyed
  • 41 % containment status
  • Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and short-range spottings
  • Fire weather forecasted as mild and moist with good RH recovery.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • Fire weather created by this fire alone (fires can create heat from large fires that can change or create their own fire weather)
  • Winds shifted to an easterly direction, created a challenge to firefighters trying to protect Eagle Peak Lookout
  • Fire suppression being hampered by very dry conditions, gust winds and rugged terrain
  • $7.1 Million cost-to-date

ALERT-WARNING-ALERT-WARNING

Drone Awareness | Fire Officials cannot express how much this pains them to continue to warn the Public about Air Safety Awareness each time a wildfire happens and seeing the possibility of a drone flying in the fire zone.

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Please take this information to heart.  Drone Operators, nothing personally but if you fly in these areas, it will be.  Please #NoDronesInFireZones. Seriously, it is all about protecting the lives and properties of those that may be impacted by your decision-making.

  • Drones fly at the same elevation as air tankers which can cause a mid-air collision
  • If a Drone is present, all aircraft must land and wait for the air to be cleared of any hazards
  • If all aircraft have to land, this gives the fire more of an opportunity to grow and therefore put lives, property and ground firefighter lives in danger
  • Unauthorized flights over National Forest lands may be subject to civil penalties, including fines up to $27,500 and possible criminal prosecution.
  • Additionally, operators could lose their Drone altogether
  • Fire restrictions:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts-notices/?aid=46143

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1100 PDT / 1200 MDT

New Mexico Wildfire: #UteParkFire Size Increases | 4

EAGLES NEST, New Mex. – A wildfire that started on Thursday, May 31, 2018, around 1410 hours MDT is burning near Ute Park.

LOCATION

A fire was reportedly burning on the Philmont Scout Ranch property near Ute Park on May 31, 2018 around 1410 hours MDT.

The fire is  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 Eagle Nest, New Mexico (northeast portion of) in the New Mexico Forestry in the Cimarron District area.

It is unknown if this was where the ignition point or the original location of the fire was.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

RESOURCES

Hotshot Crew transports

Hotshot crew transports. Photo Credit | Cimarron District

 Another shift in staffing and equipment has been implemented with the following:

  • 511 personnel
  • 10 crews
  • 32 engines
  • 7 helicopters
  • 8 dozers

INCIDENT PARTNERS

Engine crewmembering gearing up for the day

Engine crew gearing up for the day. Photo Credit | Cimarron District

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, Cimarron District, Sandoval County Fire, FEMA, Joseph Elfelt (Mapping Support), Albuquerque Interagency Dispatch Center and Colfax County Government.

CURRENT STATUS

  • Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching, short-range spotting
  • 14 structures have been lost
  • $1.5 Million cost-to-date
  • Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for Ute Park
  • Fire has not moved further north
  • The fire can be seen usually from the north at the summit from the Angel Fire Resort but not today due to rain
  • 31,930 acres of grass, pinyon juniper and mixed conifer have been destroyed
  • 0% containment

Fire Mapping:

Map Photo Credit | Joseph Elfel (@MappingSupport)

Fire Tactics:

  • Structure protection (dozer line) around Ute Park
  • Firefighters continue to reduce fuels around structures
  • Firefighters are also setting up sprinkler systems
  • Burning operations continue to help protect Cimarron (eastern/souther flanks)
  • Working to securing control lines, conducting mop-up operations
  • Fire has been slowed by the burn scar of the 2002 Ponil Fire (north flank)

Weather:

  • Severe thunderstorms are expected through the area on Sunday
  • Up to 1″ of rain and 30 mph winds from the south are expected around noon MDT
  • Flash flooding is imminent
  • Rain may help on a temporary basis but fire conditions are expected to return
  • Firefighters are ready to deploy for any new starts from lightning occur

CLOSURES

Roadways:

  • US 64 closed from eastbound and westbound from mile marker 285 before Cimarron to mile marker 344 at Eagle Nest
  • NM 204 is closed northbound and southbound from mile marker 0 to mile marker 10
  • NM 21 is closed eastbound and westbound from mile marker 0 at Cimarron to mile marker 34 at Philmont
  • NM 58 is closed eastbound and westbound from mile marker 0 at Cimarron to mile marker 18
  • Cimarron State Park is closed
  • Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open but Lake is closed for firefighting helicopters drawing water as a resource

SHELTERS

Red Cross Shelters:

  • Raton Convention Center – 9015 S 3rd Street, Raton. (Located on east side of the fire)
  • Eagle Nest Senior Center – 74 N Tomboy Drive, Eagle Nest.

Animals:

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

ALERTS

Alert Notifications:

  • Email Alert Notifications – http://state.us5.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=acd822eb860d4f1f039ccb48f&id=4750f58481

East of Angel Fire. Photo taken on May 31, 2018 when it was at 4K+ acres. Photo Credit | AIDC

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

#UteParkFire #UtePark #NMwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/3/2018 @ 1030 hours PDT / 1130 hours MDT

New Mexico Wildfire: #UteParkFire is a Firestorm | 3

EAGLES NEST, New Mex. – A wildfire that started on Thursday, May 31, 2018, ) has grown from 16,500 acres on Friday, June 1, 2018 has now been categorized by us as a Firestorm.  The wildfire has reached an official number of 27,290 acres of timber and chaparral.

There is still a 0% containment.

LOCATION

A fire was reportedly burning on the Philmont Scout Ranch property near Ute Park on May 31, 2018 around 1410 hours MDT.

The fire can be seen from the north at the summit from the Angel Fire Resort.

Photo Credit | Angel Fire Resort

The fire is  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 Eagle Nest, New Mexico (northeast portion of) in the New Mexico Forestry in the Cimarron District area.

It is unknown if this was where the ignition point or the original location of the fire.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

RESOURCES

Hotshot Crew transports

Roosevelt Hotshots | Photo Credit: Cimarron District

 Resources have been increased from Friday’s 130 personnel to 447 personnel along with 10 crews, 8 helicopters, 24 engines, 8 bulldozers and 2 water tenders.

INCIDENT PARTNERS

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, Cimarron District, Sandoval County Fire, FEMA, Joseph Elfelt (Mapping Support) and Colfax County Government.

CURRENT STATUS

Moonrise over Fire area at 0600 MDT. Photo Credit | Albuquerque Interagency Dispatch Center

Fire Tactics:

  • Fire Managers used the favorable fire weather conditions to actively conduct a burn out operation between SR 204 and Highway 64 to help with structure protection of buildings in the Cimarron area.
  • North side of fire:  a hotshot crew willing be searching for containment and protection opportunities in the Gobble Gulch area.
  • East side of fire:  2 hotshot crews, engines and water tenders will be providing structure protection in the Cimarron area as needed and safely can be completed.
  • South side of fire:  3 hotshot crews and engines are assessing and providing structure protection in the Webster Lake and Philmont Scout Camp areas.

Incident Mapping:

Photo Credit | Inciweb

Photo Credit/Mapping Expert | Joseph Elfelt (@MappingSupport) as of 0506 MDT

Weather:

  • Winds are currently forecasted to increase and shift from the northeast, east and southeast throughout the day.
  • Fire behavior is active, crowning which is burning through tree tops, is wind-driven and is expected to have long-range spotting.
  • An expected thunderstorm is due to hit the fire area with large hail, high winds along with heavy rain on Sunday into the night on June 3, 2018.  Flash flooding is of concern.
  • Fire Officials know that this weather may limit fire activity but are expecting the fire behavior to return.

Threats:

Damage Assessments:

  • 12-14 outbuildings burned on the Philmont Scout Ranch.
  • $3,000,000 Cost-to-Date for fire suppression and containment expenses.

CLOSURES

Roadways:

  • Highway 64 between Eagle Nest and the Junction with SR 55
  • Highway 21 from Springer to Cimarron
  • SR 58 from I-25 to Cimarron
  • Roadway reports:  http://nmroads.com/ or Call *511

Parks:

  • Cimarron State Park
  • Lake inside Eagle Nest Lake State Park for helicopter firefighting efforts.  Ute Park is open.

SHELTERS

County Fairgrounds:

  • Nearly 1,100 Philmont Scout Ranch staff members moved their operations to this new location after poor air quality made it unsafe for them.

Red Cross Shelter:

  • Raton Convention Center – 9015 S 3rd Street, Raton. (Located on east side of the fire)
  • Eagle Nest Senior Center – 74 N Tomboy Drive, Eagle Nest.

Animals:

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

ALERTS

Alert Notifications:

  • Email Alert Notifications – http://state.us5.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=acd822eb860d4f1f039ccb48f&id=4750f58481

ABOUT UTE PARK

Ute Park is an unincorporated community in Colfax that lies on US Route 64 between Cimarron and Eagle Nest, just east of Cimarron Canyon State Park.  At the census count on record (2010), there was a population of 71.

NEARBY TOWNS

Cimarron:

Downtown  Cimarron

Downtown Cimarron. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

The town of Cimarron has a population of 800 with main industries that include lumbering, ranching and tourism.  It sits on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.   It also sits on the Cimarron River, a tributary to the 900-mile long Canadian River whose headwaters are at the Eagle Nest Dam with the main part of the town lying along US Route 64.

It is surrounded on all sides by numerous ranches, including the the Philmont Scout Ranch, known as an extensive “high-adventure base” that is operated by the Boy Scouts of America.  The ranch is located 4 miles from Cimarron.

Springer:

Downtown Springer (2008)

Downtown Springer in 2008. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Springer is a town that is about 25 miles southeast to the Ranch with a population of 2,000 residents.  It is located in the southern portion of the Colfax County and located in the valley of the Cimarron River, about 6 miles west of where the river flows into the Canadian River.

Eagle Nest:

Eagle Nest.JPG

Downtown Eagle Nest. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Eagle Nest is a village located in Colfax County with a population of 290 (2010 census) that is situated on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway that is a summer-home and resort area.  It is located in northern New Mexico near the Colorado state line.

Raton:

Downtown Raton (2010)

Downton Raton in 2010. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

The largest of all of the nearby towns boasts a population of 7,000, is located 20 miles west of the Ranch on I-25 is the county seat in the northeastern section of Colfax County, New Mexico.  It is located just south of Raton Pass.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

#UteParkFire #UtePark #NMwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/2/2018 @ 1650 hours PDT / 1750 hours MDT

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

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog