Crews are dealing with strong and gusty winds Sunday as they fight the Ute Park Fire in Cimarron.
The fire is estimated at 36,740 acres in size and is now 100 percent contained.
Crews are continuing to make progress. Hotshot crews are constructing handline (firefighting hose) and digging down to bare mineral soil to help limit the fire’s spread. Helicopters will continue dropping water to help support the firefighters on the ground. Firefighters are also scouting and planning for contingency lines in the event burning operations become necessary.
Local Ute Park Residents will be allowed to travel between Ute Park and Eagle Nest on US Highway 64. IDs will be required.
Fire crews are patrolling the fire’s east and south flanks and mopping-up hot spots.
Cimarron residents were allowed to return home Monday. Ute Park residents were cleared to re-enter their homes Friday.
According to fire officials, no residences have burned. However, fire officials say approximately 14 outbuildings have burned on the Philmont Scout Ranch.
The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. May, 31 and is located between Eagle Nest and Cimarron in Colfax County.
There is 545 personnel fighting the blaze including 13 crews, 10 helicopters, 18 engines, four bulldozers and seven water tenders.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.
There was a community meeting at 5 p.m. Friday for Ute Park residents only at the Ute Park Fire Department. Video of the meeting can be found on Facebook.
- NM 204 is closed northbound and southbound from mile marker 0 to mile marker 10.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open.
Call 511 or visit http://nmroads.com/ for current road info.
Correction: US 64 is closed from mile marker 287 to mile marker 309, not from 285.