Fire Information

Bear Fire – July 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

A fire was spotted at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018, near the Aguila Camp. A lightning strike caused a single tree to ignite.

The fire was in steep terrain and inaccessible by road, so the Philmont Fire Department hiked in to extinguish the tree. We are thankful for their quick response.

A containment line was created around the tree and the tree was felled to allow firefighters to extinguish the entire tree.

The fire is contained and out at this time. Recent rains have brought much-needed moisture but have produced large amounts of lightning. We are working closely with local fire departments to monitor for new starts.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our participants and staff.


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

This will be the final update for the Morris (Moras) Creek Fire which is at 1,671 acres and 77% contained.

The fire received much needed rainfall this weekend as monsoon rains have arrived. Crews are continuing to patrol the fire. The daily rains are helping to decrease fire activity.

The threat of flash flooding will continue to be present over the Morris Creek Fire and Ute Park Fire Burn scars as rain is forecasted. HWY 64 between Cimarron and Eagle Nest will be closed for safety when flash flood conditions exist. For road closures please visit NMRoads.com.

The fire transitioned to a Type 3 Incident Management Team on Saturday. We want to thank the Type 2 Incident Management Team for the support and dedication to protecting Philmont and our neighbor’s properties.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our participants and staff as well as the management of the fire.

Morris Creek Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5887/

Philmont Updates: http://bit.ly/FireInformation


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is at 1,671 acres and 64% contained. There are 179 personnel fighting this fire.

The fire received 1.25 inches of steady rain for approximately two hours yesterday. The rain did decrease the fire behavior. This much needed rain provided the same amount of water as 7,500 helicopter water drops.

The threat of flash flooding will continue to be present over the Morris Creek Fire and Ute Park Fire Burn scars as rain is forecasted. HWY 64 between Cimarron and Eagle Nest will be closed for safety when flash flood conditions exist. For road closures please visit NMRoads.com.

The fire is expected to transition from a Type 2 Incident Management Team to a Type 3 Incident Management Team on Saturday. We want to thank the Type 2 Incident Management for the support and dedication to protecting Philmont and our neighbor’s properties.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our participants and staff as well as the management of the fire.

Morris Creek Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5887/

Philmont Updates: http://bit.ly/FireInformation


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 12, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is at 1,671 acres and 60% contained. There are 191 personnel fighting this fire.

The fire received ¾ of an inch of rain of steady rain for approximately one hour. The rain did decrease the fire behavior, but the northern edge at the bottom of the Rayado Canyon remains uncontained.

The threat of flash flooding is present over the Morris Creek Fire and Ute Park Fire Burn scars and we have been notified that HWY 64 between Cimarron and Eagle Nest will be closed for safety when flash flood conditions exist. For road closures please visit NMRoads.com.

The fire is expected to transition from a Type 2 Incident Management Team to a Type 3 Incident Management Team on Saturday.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our participants and staff as well as the management of the fire.

Morris Creek Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5887/

Philmont Updates: http://bit.ly/FireInformation


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is at 1,620 acres and 60% contained. There are 198 personnel fighting this fire.

Fire behavior has increased due to the lack of rainfall and high temperatures. Firefighters working from the air and ground are responding to fires outside the containment lines.

The fire has not crossed the Rayado Creek but is within 50 feet from the bottom of the canyon. Plans are in place in the event it crosses the creek to prevent a high intensity burn that would threaten the South Country.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our participants and staff as well as the management of the fire.

Morris Creek Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5887/

Philmont Updates: http://bit.ly/FireInformation


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 8, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is at 1,623 acres and 60% contained. There are 216 personnel fighting this fire.

The fire has not received the much-needed rain as forecasted earlier in the week. The northern perimeter in the Rayado Canyon on Philmont will continue to burn until the monsoon rains arrive. Air resources dropped 23,000 gallons of water on the fire to slow down progression as the fire burned across the Rayado Creek yesterday. Crews are being repositioned to prepare for further movement of the fire to the north.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our participants and staff as well as the management of the fire.

Morris Creek Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5887/

Philmont Updates: http://bit.ly/FireInformation


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 7, 2018 at 2:15 p.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is at 1,625 acres and 60% contained. There are 216 personnel fighting this fire.

The fire received wetting rains yesterday that helped decrease fire activity. Today crews will monitor and mop up along the contained perimeter.

A flash flood warning has been issued from noon until midnight. Philmont and local first responders will be closely monitoring conditions around the Ranch.

There are no air quality issues at base camp, including 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.

Morris Creek Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5887/

Philmont Updates: http://bit.ly/FireInformation


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 6, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is at 1,604 acres and 46% contained. There are 255 personnel fighting this fire with crews being released today to assist with other fires in the region.

Thursday afternoon the area received a heavy but brief rain shower that aided firefighting efforts although the heavy fuels remain very dry. The rain and subsequent humidity stopped additional fire growth and reduced fire activity to smoldering.

Firefighters have been responding to small fires that appear outside the fire lines and will continue as storms with lightning are expected this weekend.

A larger defensible space was created around Philmont’s South Repeater to protect the repeater should the fire move across the Rayado Canyon.

Flooding and rock slides did occur in the Ute Park Fire burn scar and affected HWY 64 between Cimarron and Eagle Nest, resulting in the road being closed for several hours. Our local first responders responded with the assistance of New Mexico State Police and the NM Department of Transportation and will continue to monitor as flash flood conditions exist.

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.

Morris Creek Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5887/

Philmont Updates: http://bit.ly/FireInformation


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 4, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is at 1,563 acres and 28% contained (based on more accurate mapping). There are 280 personnel fighting this fire this fire being supported by two Type 1 helicopters.

We are thankful for our firefighters and first responders every day, but ask that you keep them in your thoughts especially today as they are away from friends and family on this Independence Day working to keep Philmont and our neighbor’s properties safe.

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.

Morris Creek Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5887/

Philmont Updates: http://bit.ly/FireInformation


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 3, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is at 1,500 acres and 40% contained. There are 130 personnel fighting this fire being supported by two Type 1 helicopters. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is now managing the fire.

The firebreak on the western edge has been constructed and Carson Meadows remains safe at this time.

Isolated thunderstorms are forecasted for today.

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.


Morris (Moras) Creek Fire – July 2, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is at 1,373 acres. The fire was caused by lightning and is burning on private neighboring property and Philmont in the Rayado River Canyon area. The fire is approaching Carson Meadows and there is a concentrated effort from the Philmont Fire Department, as well as other agencies to protect the meadow and the cabin.

The fire is transitioning to a Type 2 Incident Management Team on Tuesday, which will bring in more state and federal resources to fight the fire.

The Philmont Training Center and Base Camp remain safe for our staff and participants. We are continuing to serve our Philmont Family Adventure, NAYLE, and PLC participants.

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.


Morris Creek Fire – July 1, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.

The Morris (Moras) Creek Fire is burning on Philmont property in the Rayado River Canyon area. The spotter plane was unable to get an accurate reading of acreage but it is estimated at 400 – 500 acres. Multiple resources are fighting this fire from the ground and the air.

The Philmont Training Center and Base Camp are safe for our staff and participants. We will continue serving our Philmont Family Adventure, NAYLE, and PLC participants.

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.


Morris Creek Fire – June 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

A small fire, known as the Morris Creek Fire, was reported in the early afternoon on June 29, 2018. The fire started south of the Philmont property line on private neighboring property near the Rayado River Canyon, west of Crags. The fire is now burning on Philmont property. The Philmont Fire Department and other local agencies are fighting this fire.

Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp, the home of NAYLE and PLC, was moved to the Philmont Training Center. Philmont staff and participants are safe.

The safety and well-being of our participants and staff is of paramount importance to the BSA, and integral to everything we do. We are thankful that no youth members, adult volunteers or staff have been harmed, and we greatly appreciate our first responders for keeping our community safe.


 

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Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.