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Fire Information

July 1st, 2017; 8:30 AM MST

Firefighters are continuing suppression efforts on the Whitman Fire, which is now at 300 acres. The fire, caused by lightning and reported June 28, is burning between the Whitman Vega pasture and Forest Road #1950 on the Valle Vidal Unit of the Questa Ranger District.

Operations, today, continue to focus on establishing a control line around the fire. These efforts have been successful, and fire managers expect to fully contain the Whitman fire by the end of shift today. Resources on scene include two initial attack crews, three local engines, and a helicopter.


June 29, 2017; 8:30 AM MST

The fire was spotted at approximately 11:30 am on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 about ½ mile north east of the Whiteman Vega Camp.

The fire was worked through the night with ground personnel. The fire is currently contained by three roads. The resources on the fire today include two helicopters, 3 wildland fire trucks and 2 hot shot fire teams totaling 40 firefighters.

The objective today is to finish the handlines around the fire and do burnouts on the interior of the fire.

Program will be continuing today at Ring Place and Seally Canyon Camps and crews will be moving in and out of the Valle Vidal area of the Carson National Forest as they are safely away from the Whiteman Fire. “The safety and well-being of our youth members is of paramount importance to the BSA, and integral to everything we do. Immediately upon spotting the fire, staff and participants began moving toward areas of safety.”

“While we are still assessing the effects on the property, we greatly appreciate our first responders for keeping our participants and community safe.”

June 28, 2017; 5:00 PM MST

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, a fire was spotted burning in the Valle Vidal area of the Carson National Forest. The fire, which we understand was sparked by lightening, is located approximately one half mile north east of the Whiteman Vega Camp used by Philmont Scout Ranch. Authorities from the Carson National Forest are responding to the fire, which has been designated as the Whiteman Fire.

There are four wildland fire trucks, one tanker and one helicopter involved in containing this fire. The fire is estimated at approximately 5 acres and the firefighters are working towards containment.

All participants and staff are accounted for and are safe at Ring Place and Seally Canyon camps. Contingency itinerary plans are being formulated to keep all crews and staff safely away from the fire.

June 28, 2017; 2:00 PM MST

At approximately 11:30am on June 28th, 2017 a fire was spotted burning in the Valle Vidal area of the Carson National Forest. The lightning caused fire is located approximately one half mile northeast of the Whiteman Vega camp that is used by Philmont Scout Ranch. All staff and participants are accounted for and are being prepared to move towards areas of safety. The fire is being responded to by the Carson National Forest. The fire has been designated as the Whiteman Fire.

This information was updated on June 28th at 2:00PM.

 

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