Wildfires

Philmont Scout Ranch cancels dozens of camping trips

CIMARRON, N.M. (KRQE) - More than 13,000 Boy Scouts from across the country will not be camping at New Mexico's Philmont Scout Ranch this summer. 

The 36,000 acre Ute Park Fire near Cimmarron forced ranch leaders to cancel dozens of camping trips. 

The fire burned 12 structures on the outskirts of the ranch. Director Shelly O'Niell says they will not fully re-open until mid-July. 

"We called every single one of the crews that were going to be affected and went through how we could help them continue an adventure during this tme," O'Niell said. 

On Facebook, the ranch shared a picture of an outer building wrapped in fire repellant material and thanked firefighters for all their hard work. 

The cause of the Ute Park fire is still under investigation. It is now 95 percent contained. 


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