Ute Park Fire burns about 16,300 acres | KOB 4

Ute Park Fire burns about 16,300 acres

KOB.com Web Staff
June 01, 2018 10:08 PM

COLFAX COUNTY, N.M. - The Ute Park Fire, in northern New Mexico, has burned about 16,300 acres. That's down from an earlier estimate of 16,500. Fire crews say they got the latest number after doing more accurate mapping of the area.


The community of Ute Park is now under advisory evacuation orders, as the fire moves away from the area. 

The village of Cimarron remains under under mandatory evacuation orders, with 296 structures still threatned. 

Officials with New Mexico State Forestry say Philmont Scout Ranch staff has also evacuated. KOB has been told that there were no scouts at the camp. However, fourteen outbuildings on the ranch were destroyed. 

Jim Smith says the fire started 100 freet away from his home. 

"We're always afraid of it when it's as dry as it is and the wind. It's always windy in the canyon, so there was some anxiety on my part because I didn't know whether the wind was going up hill or downb but I got home as fast as I could," he said. 

There are multiple evacuation centers in the area. The American Red Cross is running two of them. 

"We immediately jumped into action, had the food, the kitchen was up and going. The mayor was here, immediately just reaching out to all of our partners figuring out what our capacity would be," said disaster program specialist Lucas Brooks.

State Forestry officials said the fire jumped Highway 64, causing its closure between Cimarron and Eagle Nest. U.S. 64 from Interstate 25 to Colfax, Highway 21 from Springer to Cimarron, and State Route 58 from Interstate 25 to Cimarron are also closed. 

There are numerous agencies fighting the fire from the air and the ground. A cause has not been determined.

Here's a look at evacuation centers opening up in the area for residents and local businesses offering free accommodations:

Angel Fire Resort - 10 Miller Ln - Angel Fire, NM

  • Complimentary rooms at the Lodge at Angel Fire Resort
  • Private homes, condos, and the RV Resort offered at heavily discounted rates.
  • Call 575-377-4365

Eagle Nest Senior Center - 74 N Tomboy Dr. - Eagle Nest, NM

NRA Whittington Center – 34025 US 63 – Raton, NM

  • Limited number of rooms, RV spaces and tent camping available
  • No charge for evacuees
  • Call 575445-3615

Laguna Vista Lodge – 51 E. Therma St – Eagle Nest, NM

  • Complimentary rooms for evacuees
  • Call 1800-821-2093 or 575-377-6522

The Retreat at Angel Fire – 3080 NM 434 – Angel Fire, NM

  • Complimentary cabins
  • Call Kimberly at 575-363-8493

Large Animal Boarding

  • Call the Village Hall for numbers at 575-376-2232.

Dog Boarding - Pet Pals Dog Boarding Kennel - CR-B6 - Eagle Nest, NM

  • Call 575-224-4277

Click on the videos below to see people escape the flames. 

KOB crews are on the ground covering this fire and dedicated to bringing you up-to-date information as we get it.

Follow KOB social media accounts for all updates as well.


KOB.com Web Staff

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