Ute Park Fire Update: Highway 64 is open

According to this morning’s update from the Ute Park Fire incident website, US 64 is open from Eagle Nest to Cimarron — from  mile marker 287 at Eagle Nest to mile marker 309 — but delays may be possible as road crews install concrete Jersey barriers along sections of Highway 64 to prevent rolling and flooding debris from reaching the road.

“NM 204 remains closed north and south of mile marker 0 to mile marker 10 — only residents are being allowed access. Call 511 or visit nmroads.com for current road info.

Cimarron Canyon State Park remains closed. Visit the Cimarron Canyon State Park website for current updates. Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open for boating and shoreline visits.

According to the report, the Ute Park Fire is 77-percent contained with 36,740 acres burned (26,387 acres on Philmont Scout Ranch). the cause of the blaze, which started on May 31, is still under investigation. As of this morning 445 personnel are still at work, including 8 crews, 7 helicopters, 11 engines, 1 dozer, and 4 water tenders.

“Despite the strong winds yesterday, containment lines around the perimeter of the fire held strong. Today’s weather will again near critical fire levels, but less wind is expected. Firefighters are prepared to respond to new starts in the area if needed.”

“Firefighters completed suppression repair yesterday, helping restore damage caused during suppression efforts (dozer line, helispots, etc.) to help minimize long term impacts. Firefighters will patrol and monitor existing containment lines around the north, east, and south flanks of the fire.

“Smoke and flame will continue to be visible over the next few weeks until the area receives significant precipitation. Islands of unburned vegetation within the containment lines will continue to burn; however, this fire behavior is expected and is not a threat to the fire perimeter.”

No homes have burned on the Ute Park Fire but 14 outbuildings burned on the Philmont Scout Ranch when the blaze started on May 31.

“Firefighters are working to suppress this fire where they can do so safely and effectively. Values at risk include public and firefighter safety, the community of Ute Park, the Philmont Scout Ranch, the Cimarroncito and Urraca Watersheds, Cimarron Canyon State Park, private lands, economic benefits from tourism and recreation in the area, and air quality.

Resources

Use the 5-3-1 visibility method to protect your health from smoke: https://bit.ly/2jJwwd7. Air Monitoring Resources are available at https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6https://bit.ly/2sqcLJ4.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. More info visit Know Before You Flyhttp://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.) and http://nmfireinfo.com

Colfax County Emergency Management Information: https://bit.ly/2LbNdXh

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Public Line: 505-309-0751 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)