Raton helps evacuees as Ute Park fire continues to grow


The Ute Park fire in northern New Mexico is continuing to grow. 

It started Thursday afternoon and has blown up to around 27,290 acres.

Many people near the area have already been told to leave their homes.

Now the Raton community is offering help to displaced families. 

Since emergency evacuations have been implemented in Cimarron, Raton is preparing for the arrival of people from Cimarron, which is estimated to be about 900.

The Raton Regional Aquatic Center is providing a place for people to use their showers. At the Raton Convention Center, volunteers are preparing food, supplies and cots for people to sleep in.

At the moment the convention center has only seen about 20 people coming in.

However, they expect that number to go up.

Right now there is no word on the cause of the fire.

All highways around Cimmaron are closed except for outbound on Highway 64 toward Raton, which is about 30 miles away. 

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