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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

Video of Ute Park Fire from Taos Interagency Dispatch Center

This video was taken Thursday (May 31) at 8:18 p.m. 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

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
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