Ute Park Fire at 97% containment; US 64 back open
June 17, 2018 06:05 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Ute Park Fire, which has burned nearly 37,000 acres in northern New Mexico, is nearly totally under control by firefighters over two weeks after it was initially sparked, according to the latest update from officials.
The cause of the blaze is still being investigated but fire crews have achieved 97 percent containment. 14 unoccupied outbuildings at Philmont Scout Ranch went up in flames, but no homes were burned.
U.S. 64 between Cimarron and Eagle Nest, closed for much of the early part of the month due to the fire burning on both sides of it, is back open. Commuters are advised to be wary of potential debris or flash flooding on the highway as rains continue to move through the state this weekend.
The creation of burn scars from the fire has resulted in the potential for flash flooding in the area this monsoon season.
Cimarron Canyon State Park will stay closed through at least July 8, officials say.
Updated: June 17, 2018 06:05 PM
Created: June 17, 2018 11:35 AM
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