Ute Park Fire 23% contained; Cimarron residents allowed re-entry
June 04, 2018 05:37 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Cimarron residents are being cleared to re-enter their homes today as crews continue to increase containment of the Ute Park Fire. The fire is now 23% contained and has burned more than 36,000 acres.
Officials say in order to make the re-entry process into Cimarron as smooth as possible, the town is being divided into four sections. Residents are being asked to re-enter according to the following:
Sector A- North of Highway 64 and West of Washington can return at Noon
Sector B- South of Highway 64 and West of Collison can return at 1 p.m.
Sector C- North of Highway 64 and East of Washington can return at 2 p.m. (not including Lambert Hills)
Sector D- South of Highway 64 and East of Collison can return at 3 p.m. (including Lambert Hills and Mountain Meadows)
Ute Park and all property access off of NM 204 will remain under evacuation orders.
Wet conditions helped firefighters reinforce fire lines Sunday. Fire officials say increased containment over the weekend is mainly credited to successful burnout operations on the fire's east and south sides.
Nearly 500 personnel are working to contain the fire that started last week. The cause is still under investigation.
Updated: June 04, 2018 05:37 PM
Created: June 04, 2018 05:57 AM
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