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Cimarron village cleared out as 16,000 acre Ute Park Fire looms

CIMARRON, N.M. – Duane Shell stood outside his house Friday (June 1), the streets of Cimarron thick with a yellow smoke from a fire burning not far past the baseball field and little airport. Except for Snell and about 15 stragglers who didn't heed the mandatory evacuation order, the town was mostly empty by mid day. more

Santa Fe National Forest scoots out campers as forest closes

Santa Fe National Forest officials patrolled the forest Friday (June 1), letting campers and visitors know they need to leave as a forest-wide closure took effect.   Forest officials implemented … more

Evacuation center information for those affected by Ute Park Fire

The following is a list of information that has been reported to The Taos News directly and via social media. Given the fast-paced situation, it is advisable to try and call in advance to confirm … more

Overview map of Ute Park Fire - from Southwest Coordination Center

This “Daily Incident Activity” map is from the Southwest Coordination Center: https://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/ more

Photo Gallery: Ute Park Fire blazes through the night

Ute Park Fire grows to 16,500 acres in northeastern New Mexico

4  p.m. update – As most people in the mountain village of Cimarron gathered their belongings and left their homes under a mandatory evacuation order Friday morning (June 1), village officials and staff continued a marathon session of answering questions and helping residents from their base at the village office. more

Ute Park Fire burns an estimated 8,000 acres through night

Firefighters worked through the night to tame a wildland fire burning in Ute Park east of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that had blasted through 8,000 acres of grass and ponderosa pine on private and … more

Ute Park fire in Colfax County grows to nearly 5,000 acres; smoke blankets Cimarron

Updated: 5:30 a.m. The Ute Park fire burning east of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains grew to nearly 5,000 acres Thursday night (May 31). Smoke from the fire settled into the community of Cimarron Friday morning. "The smell is strong and pretty heavy," wrote Cimarron city councilor Laura Gonzales about 4 a.m. on a Cimarron Information Board on Facebook. "I encourage anyone with respiratory issues to consider evacuating as soon as possible given the heavy smoke. This is not mandatory, just advisory." Officials closed U.S. 64 between Eagle Nest and Cimarron temporarily due to the fire, which had jumped the highway, according to the Red River Fire Marshal's office. The fire was last reported to be moving east northeast. more

With forests ripe for fires, severe restrictions inch closer to Taos

Even with a little rain expected this weekend, dry conditions and flame-happy campers have caused even more fire restrictions on federal lands surrounding Taos County.  The Santa Fe National … more
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