Crews continue fight against fires in New Mexico, Colorado
Photo: Jill Werhane
June 06, 2018 12:24 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Crews are continuing their efforts to stomp out fires burning in and around New Mexico this morning.
Ute Park Fire
The Ute Park Fire started on May 31 and has since burned 36,800 acres. Firefighters have been working around the clock and now have the fire 30-percent contained.
Crews are working in steep and rugged terrain, concentrating their efforts on the west and southwest sides of the fire. Officials say the eastern portion of the fire has been contained.
The community of Ute Park remains evacuated as 219 residences are still threatened. Earlier this week, evacuated Cimarron residents were allowed to return home. They held a meeting to update community members on the fire. That meeting can be viewed below.
The Meadow Fire burning north of Signal Peak in the Gila National Forest is now 80-percent contained after burning just about 160 acres.
As of Wednesday morning, crews were in the mop-up stage of fire operations. That involves patrolling the perimeter of the fire and putting out any remaining burning material along the control lines.
Fire officials say smoke may still be visible in Pinos Altos and surrounding areas.
Firefighters are continuing their efforts to put out the 416 Fire near Durango. That fire has burned more than 4,000 acres and is only 10-percent contained at this time.
La Plata County officials have issued a new pre-evacuation order for an area east of Hermosa. Firefighters have been focusing efforts in that community to help residents remove flammable materials from around their homes.
Fire officials say the fire grew by more than 1,000 acres yesterday alone due to gusty winds, higher temperatures, and low humidity levels. Crews are expecting similar conditions to today and are planning accordingly.
A community meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the Silverton School gym.
Updated: June 06, 2018 12:24 PM
Created: June 06, 2018 10:44 AM
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