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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

Burners beware

The severe drought in Northern New Mexico has forced local leaders to impose burn bans across nearly the entire Taos County area. more

Taos receives long-awaited rain to ease dry conditions

The rain may not be heavy, but two days in a row of some precipitation has been a welcomed to the dry conditions of Taos County.  more

Carson National Forest steps up fire restrictions

Managers with the Carson National Forest announced Monday (May 21) they will impose more limits on fires in the forest effective Wednesday (May 23). The forest went into its first round of fire … more

El Prado to Taos: water relief to end Monday

While the town of Taos has been repairing its municipal water pumps for the past two weeks, the independent water system in El Prado has pushed over … more

Burn ban still on through dangerous fire weather

A burn ban is still in place for folks in the town of Taos and Taos County in the face of both critical fire weather and the continued dry conditions, with little relief expected. more

Former BLM campground host files sexual harassment complaint

A former campground host at the Río Grande del Norte National Monument filed a discrimination complaint stemming from alleged sexual harassment she said occurred while she was employed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. more

Landowner, state finish White Peak trial in Taos court

Both sides in the legal battle over several contested roads in a swathe of remote Northern New Mexico forest presented closing arguments in a high-profile … more

Planning to 'survive and thrive'

In the past couple of weeks, fires have flared up across the expansive landscape of Taos, Colfax and Río Arriba counties. One fire was near Angel … more
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