Fire Season 2018

Morris Creek Fire in Colfax County now 1,500 acres

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 7/3/18

Lighting sparked the Morris Creek Fire, which was reported Friday (June 29) on private land around the Philmont Scout Ranch in Colfax County and had burned about 1,500 acres by Tuesday morning (July 3).  The fire is reportedly 40 percent contained.

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Fire Season 2018

Morris Creek Fire in Colfax County now 1,500 acres

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Lighting sparked the Morris Creek Fire, which was reported Friday (June 29) on private land around the Philmont Scout Ranch in Colfax County and had burned about 1,500 acres by Tuesday morning (July 3).  The fire is reportedly 40 percent contained.

Meanwhile, the Spring Creek Fire burning near La Veta, Colorado has torched more than 60,000 acres of land and more than 100 structures including homes, according to Costilla County and fire officials.  The fire, started by a suspected arsonist, was five percent contained Tuesday with more than 700 personnel working to prevent the fire from entering more neighborhoods. 

In New Mexico, the Morris Creek fire has now spread onto the scout ranch, where crews have constructed a fireline around the western edge of Carson Meadow, according to an update on the ranch website. 

The fire was estimated to be about 400 acres as of Sunday (July 1) and over 1,000 as of Monday. No structures are threatened, according to Wendy Mason, a public affairs officer with State Forestry.

The Philmont fire crews initially responded and a Type 2 incident management team is taking over control of suppression efforts today (July 3). “Resources from multiple agencies are fighting this fire on the ground with additional support from aircraft,” according to a recent update.

"There are no air quality issues to Base Camp and the Philmont Training Center at this time. Our primary focus remains the safety of our participants and staff as well as the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation," according to the ranch website.

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