Ute Park Fire grows to nearly 32,000 acres as Sunday showers loom | KOB 4
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Ute Park Fire grows to nearly 32,000 acres as Sunday showers loom

David Lynch
June 03, 2018 05:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - As over the 500 firefighters work to stall its advance, the Ute Park Fire – sparked early Thursday afternoon – is now at just under 32,000 acres in size, according to the latest updated provided by forestry officials.

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Containment stands at zero percent. On Saturday night the community of Ute Park became the latest to evacuate, joining Hummingbird, Cimarron and Philmont Scout Ranch.

US 64 remains closed between Eagle Nest and Cimarron as the fire burns. For those with plans to visit, the Eagle Nest State Park is open, but Eagle Nest Lake is closed for now.

Officials say Sunday showers may help provide a reprieve to crews battling the Ute Park Fire, though dry conditions are expected to return this week.

Several local shelters have been set up to assist and house evacuees, including a Red Cross shelter at the Eagle Nest Senior Center. 

On Saturday Gov. Susana Martinez urged residents who remains in Cimarron to leave, emphasizing that their lives and the safety of emergency personnel who would go to check on them is paramount.

KOB will have more on the blaze at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on KOB Eyewitness News 4.

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David Lynch

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