Fire Information

Fire Update: June 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Ute Park Fire Final Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont) and 97% contained. The fire will transition from the Type 3 Incident Management to the New Mexico State Forestry, Cimarron District Office. Post-fire suppression repair work is complete. Post-fire repair work within the burn area consisted of reseeding within dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. These efforts will help minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. Philmont will begin conservation work in the area once it is deemed safe to do so.

Cottonwood Fire Final Update: The Cottonwood Fire is currently at 310 acres and 80% contained and is located twelve miles north of Cimarron in the Vermejo Park Ranch area near the Philmont Scout Ranch property line. The fire will transition from the Type 3 Incident Management to the New Mexico State Forestry, Cimarron District Office. Fire activity may increase but is expected to remain well within the interior of the containment lines. Firefighters will continue to secure and monitor containments lines and extinguish hot spots around the perimeter of the fire as needed.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fires. We appreciate your patience as we work through this situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)

Cottonwood Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5846/


Fire Update: June 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Ute Park Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont) and 97% contained. There are currently 62 personnel, 1 crew, 1 engine, and miscellaneous personnel assigned to this fire.

Cottonwood Fire: The Cottonwood Fire is currently at 310 acres and 15% contained and is located twelve miles north of Cimarron in the Vermejo Park Ranch area near the Philmont Scout Ranch property line. No structures are threatened at this time. Multiple ground and air resources have been called to suppress this fire. We are closely monitoring the situation.

Rain is expected this weekend and possible flash flooding in the Cimarron area. Philmont staff have been preparing sand bags to protect the village and are prepared to assist if the need arises. US 64 is currently open between Cimarron and Eagle Nest but travelers are advised to use caution when driving.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fires. We appreciate your patience as we work through this situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)

Cottonwood Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5846/


Fire Update: June 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Ute Park Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont) and 95% contained. There are currently 38 personnel and 1 engine assigned to this fire.

Cottonwood Fire: A new fire started the evening of June 14, 2018, and is located twelve miles north of Cimarron in the Vermejo Park Ranch area. The fire is near the Philmont Scout Ranch property line. The fire is reported at 80 acres and 10% containment. The Philmont Fire Department assisted in the initial attack. No structures are threatened at this time. Multiple ground and air resources have been called to suppress this fire. We are closely monitoring the situation.

Rain is expected this weekend and possible flash flooding in the Cimarron area. Philmont staff have been preparing sand bags to protect the village and are prepared to assist if the need arises. US 64 is currently open between Cimarron and Eagle Nest but travelers are advised to use caution when driving.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fires. We appreciate your patience as we work through this situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


Ute Park Fire Update: June 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont) and 95% contained. There are currently 126 personnel including 3 crews, 2 helicopters, 6 engines, and 1 water tender working this fire.

Management of the Ute Park Fire transitioned from the Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team #1, (Bea Day, Incident Commander), to a local Type 3 Incident Management Team (Jamie Long, Incident Commander) on Wednesday.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


Ute Park Fire Update: June 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont) and 92% contained. There are currently 244 personnel including 4 crews, 2 helicopters, 8 engines, and 4 water tenders working this fire.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


Ute Park Fire Update: June 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres and 77% contained. There are currently 545 personnel including 13 crews, 10 helicopters, 18 engines, 4 bulldozers, 7 water tenders.

Our staff is diligently continuing to contact crews whose programs have been affected.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


Ute Park Fire Update: June 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres and 66% contained. There are currently 614 personnel including 15 crews, 8 helicopters, 26 engines, 6 bulldozers, 10 water tenders.

Our staff is diligently continuing to contact crews whose programs have been affected.

We have been honored to host more than 200 firefighters at a spike camp at the Philmont Training Center this week. We thank them and all the firefighters who have been fighting this fire for their dedication and commitment to keeping Philmont, Cimarron, and Ute Park safe.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


Ute Park Fire Update: June 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,800 acres and 35% contained. There are currently 611 personnel including 19 crews, 7 helicopters, 29 engines, 7 bulldozers, 10 water tenders.

Our staff is diligently continuing to contact crews whose programs have been affected.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


Ute Park Fire Update: June 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,800 acres and 30% contained. There are currently 604 personnel including 15 crews, 7 helicopters, 29 engines, 7 bulldozers, 10 water tenders.

Our staff is diligently continuing to contact crews whose programs have been affected.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


Ute Park Fire Update: June 5, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,664 acres and 25% contained. There are currently 598 personnel including 15 crews, 8 helicopters, 29 engines, 5 bulldozers, 9 water tenders on scene.

We can confidently confirm that unfortunately all Dean Cow structures were lost and miraculously, Harlan only lost one outbuilding.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.
Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


Ute Park Fire Update: June 5, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,664 acres and 25% contained. There are currently 598 personnel including 15 crews, 8 helicopters, 29 engines, 5 bulldozers, 9 water tenders on scene.
Our staff is continuing to contact crews whose programs have been affected. Please see 2018 Program Announcement.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.
Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


PHILMONT PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT - UTE PARK FIRE 6/4/18 4:00 MDT

The safety of our youth participants, volunteers and staff is a priority for everybody at Philmont Scout Ranch and the Boy Scouts of America.  While efforts continue to extinguish the fire currently burning in the back-country, the anticipated damage and inability to access the affected areas makes it currently impossible to host back country programs.  Until the fire is extinguished, the areas are inspected and the damage assessed, it is impossible to definitively state when those programs will resume.

At this time, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all backcountry treks that were scheduled to take place in the Philmont backcountry from June 8 – July 14, 2018.  We hope that back country treks may resume after July 14, 2018 with altered itineraries, assuming the back country is safe and infrastructure is restored.

Additionally, programs scheduled to take place at Philmont Training Center will also be canceled through June 23, 2018. The Philmont Training Center expects to welcome back participants beginning with Philmont Family Adventure on June 24, 2018.

The NAYLE program, which takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp seven miles south of the Philmont Base Camp and is unaffected by the Ute Park Fire, will go on as scheduled.

Over the next few days, we will be contacting the lead advisor or contingent leader of all crews that are impacted by this decision, starting with those that are scheduled to arrive first, as well as affected PTC coordinators. Thank you in advance for allowing the Philmont team to contact your crew – your assistance will help make sure that Philmont phone lines remain open.

We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to continuously evaluate the fire and air quality to ensure that we can safely deliver outstanding program.

Thank you for your support and patience.


Ute Park Fire Update: June 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,114 acres and 23% contained.
The mandatory evacuation order for Cimarron, NM has been lifted. Information on reentry can be found here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5820/43069/
Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.
Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)


Ute Park Fire Update: June 3, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

Fire Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently at estimated 31,000 acres and 0% containment. There are 511 personnel on scene fighting this fire including our Philmont Fire Department, other local Fire Departments,  neighbors, and State and Federal agencies.
We can report that the structures at Ponil, Hunting Lodge, Cimarroncito, and Clarks Fork have survived the fire that passed through those areas.
We have gotten official word that base camp is safe and staff will be returning back to base this morning.

Program and Unit information - as we assess the situation we will be working with our leadership and local authorities to determine the extent of program we can deliver and when. Please stand by for an update on this by Monday morning.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.

From today on we will be posting updates each day prior to noon at PhilmontScoutRanch.org and scouting newsroom.  We will post photos periodically on the Philmont Facebook. Please look at these sites for information from us.


Ute Park Fire Update: June 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

The Ute Park Fire is 27,290 acres (based on infrared flight) and 0% containment.

On Friday June 1, 2018 Philmont successfully evacuated staff out of base camp to the Colfax County Fairgrounds in Springer, NM. Livestock have also been moved to unaffected areas of the Ranch and are safe.

The Philmont Foodservice team continues to keep the staff well nourished at our new site. We would like to thank Shamrock Foods for making a special delivery to the fairgrounds.

Our incredible neighbors, the CS Ranch, Express UU Bar Ranch, Kite Construction, and Vermejo Park Ranch have offered resources and are working hard to ensure the safety of Philmont staff and property as well as the villages of Cimarron and Ute Park. We have had a tremendous outpouring of support from Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Senator Tom Udall and Governor Susana Martinez.

Our staff remains optimistic and eager to deliver Philmont’s expected high-quality program to our camping and training center participants. In fact, staff will be continuing training today to prepare for the program we hope to run, including COPE, First Aid, and other department specific trainings. 

Our thoughts are also focused on the well being of those responding to contain the fire. We are grateful for their continued efforts.

Ute Park Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ (air quality info, maps, etc.)

Until further notice we will provide updates once a day prior to noon at PhilmontScoutRanch.org. Thank you for your patience.


Ute Park Fire Update: June 1, 2018 at 3:45 p.m.
The Ute Park fire is now estimated at 16,500 acres with 0% containment. 
Philmont staff are currently in the process of evacuating to Colfax County Fairgrounds due to air quality. 
Currently, there are numerous resources from State Forestry and our local and federal partners working to suppress this fire on the ground with support from multiple aerial firefighters.
We remain grateful for the many local, state and federal emergency responders for keeping our community safe and will continue to work closely with the New Mexico State Police and Incident Command to monitor the situation.


Ute Park Fire Update: June 1, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m.

The Ute Park fire is estimated at 8,000 acres with 0% containment; approximately 12 unoccupied, non-residential, non-program structures at Cimarroncita have been lost. Red flag conditions are predicted for the fire area today.

Currently, there are numerous resources from State Forestry and our local and federal partners working to suppress this fire on the ground with support from 2 very large air tankers (VLAT), 6 heavy air tankers, and 4 helicopters.  Additional incident management resources are expected to arrive later today to reinforce operations.

The nearby communities of Ute Park and Cimarron are under a mandatory evacuation order due to air quality, and Philmont full-time staff living in Cimarron have been released to care for their families. Philmont staff are prepared to evacuate base camp if the air quality decreases.

The Philmont management team is working closely with the New Mexico State Police and Incident Command to monitor the situation.


Ute Park Fire Update: May 31, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

The Ute Park Fire is estimated at 1,200 acres and is burning on Philmont Scout Ranch property. Multiple resources are working this fire on the ground and air.

There are no participants on the property at this time and all staff have been accounted for. We greatly appreciate our first responders for keeping our community safe.


Ute Park Fire - May 31, 2018 at 5:25 p.m.

Philmont Scout Ranch has a fire burning on ranch property near Ute Park. There are no participants on the property at this time and all staff have been accounted for. Many agencies including the Philmont Fire Department are on scene.

“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.”

 

About Philmont Scout Ranch

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.