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Ute Park Fire tops 27,000 acres in dry, windy conditions

The Ute Park Fire burning in northeastern New Mexico entered its third day of activity Saturday (June 2) with high winds and plentiful dry fuel pushing the blaze across 27,290 acres, according to a 9:53 a.m. update from fire officials. The fire is burning one mile east of Ute Park along U.S. 64. U.S. 64 remains closed in both directions in … more

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

Smoke and flames - compilation of photos by citizen news gatherers

Views of the growing fire in Ute Park and surrounding areas shot by various citizen news gatherers. more

June 1 video of Ute Park Fire from Taos Interagency Dispatch Center

This video was taken Friday (June 1) at 11:00 a.m. 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
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