Ute Park Fire swells to 27,000+ acres; Gov. Martinez urges remaining Cimarron residents to leave
June 02, 2018 10:20 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Ute Park Fire – looming on the communities of Cimarron and Eagle Nest in northern New Mexico – has grown to be nearly 27,300 acres in size with containment at zero percent, according to the latest update by state officials.
The fire was sparked early Thursday afternoon off Route 64 between Eagle Nest and Cimarron, closing the highway and leading to the evacuation of Hummingbird, Cimarron, Philmont Scout Ranch and a few other local communities. About a dozen unoccupied structures have been burned down, and about 300 others are threatened.
In an update provided by Gov. Susana Martinez Saturday afternoon in Eagle Nest, she pleaded with Cimarron residents who have remained at their homes to pack their bags.
Mandatory evacuation in Cimarron.— Joy Wang (@JoyKOB) June 2, 2018
Gov. asking people to leave their homes.
“When it becomes very dangerous, you’re asking professionals to go into a very dangerous area and evacuate you.”
She also asked residents thinking about returning to get their valuables to wait.
"I am asking you very sincerely to leave your homes so you will be safe," she said, adding that her administration has asked the federal government for aid.
Several shelters have been set up in the region to help those forced to flee their homes in the fire's path.
The cause of the blaze is still unknown as nearly 500 firefighters work to beat it back. Dry, windy conditions is making it difficult, but fire crews are hoping Sunday showers will slow its advance.
Updated: June 02, 2018 10:20 PM
Created: June 02, 2018 11:49 AM
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