Ute Park Fire nearly contained as U.S. 64 reopens


Fire managers approved reopening U.S. 64 between Cimarron and Eagle Nest Monday (June 11) as fire crews reported a 77 percent containment of the nearby Ute Park Fire.

The highway has been closed since a day after the Ute Park Fire broke out May 31.

State Road 204 remains closed except for local residents, according to the latest fire update posted on Inciweb.

Travelers on U.S. 64 should expect delays "due to road crews installing concrete Jersey barriers along sections of Highway 64 to prevent rolling and flooding debris from reaching the road."

Cimarron Canyon State Park also remains closed while Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open.

Fire crews kept the 36,770 acre fire corraled despite strong winds Sunday that threatened to stir the blaze up again. 

Ute Park Fire is one of ten burning across 95,000 acres in New Mexico and Arizona currently, according to the Southwest Area Coordination Center. More than 1,730 fire personnel are on those fires, including ten helicopters and 55 engines.

Colorado has three major wildfires burning and smoke from those fires along with Ute Park hung over the Taos Valley Monday.