Concerns mounting over historic Philmont Scout Ranch as Ute Park blaze grows


As the Ute Park Fire grows, so do concerns about the status of the historic Philmont Scout Ranch just south of Cimarron.

When it comes to Boy Scouts of America, the ranch is rich in tradition. Established in 1938, the 140,000-acre ranch is the ‘Mecca of Boy Scouting.’

It’s also a major tourism driver for the state.

The latest update from officials was that the ranch has lost 12 unoccupied, non-residential and non-program structures at Cimarroncita. The latest fire map shows the blaze is now just a few miles away from the ranch’s base camp.

Philmont staff say they’re prepared to evacuate if necessary.

On Twitter, people say they’re praying that the ranch is safe from flames.

Many are left wondering what’s next, since this is the busiest time of year for the ranch.

Just this past Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting was held for the National Scouting Museum at the ranch, and in exactly one week, the museum is set to open to the public.

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