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Fire still threatens Ute Park, Cimarron residents allowed to return home

Joshua Panas
June 05, 2018 11:13 AM

COLFAX COUNTY, N.M. - Cimarron residents have started to return home. They were forced to leave town Friday when the Ute Park Fire exploded in size.

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It’s now burned more than 36,000 acres. Fire crews continue suppression efforts, as the fire is only 25 percent contained.

By all accounts, firefighters have done an amazing job, preventing hundreds of homes from being destroyed, but the fight isn't over. Ute Park residents remain under mandatory evacuation orders.

"We're staying here in Eagle Nest in a cabin,” said Todd Tatum. “I've called my nephew we may be bringing in a travel trailer to use until we see where it goes."

Fire officials say they don’t know when Ute Park residents will be allowed to return home. They say it’s been difficult to fight the fire in rough terrain southwest of Highway 64.

At this point, no homes have been destroyed. But there is a new concern, officials are monitoring areas where water could run through. There is already more than 30,000 acres of burn scar, from Ute Park to Cimarron.

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