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Highways close and evacuations issued as crews battle wildfire near Ute Park, NM

(Source: KFDA NewsChannel 10) (Source: KFDA NewsChannel 10)
Ute Park, NM -

Crews are battling a massive wildfire in northern New Mexico near the community of Ute Park.

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The fire in Colfax County started on Thursday and has burned 12 unoccupied structures at the Boy Scouts' Philmont Scout Ranch.

Those in the area of the fire have been evacuated. Voluntary evacuation notices were also issued for Cimarron and the community of Ute Park. There are two Red Cross evacuation Centers. One center is located at Eagle Nest Senior Center, and another is at the Raton Convention Center.

This fire has burned an estimated 16,500 acres and is 0-percent contained. Almost 300 structures remain threatened by this fire. So far, no injuries have been reported.

Those planning to head toward Red River this weekend, be aware there are some road closures in the area due to the fire.

Highway 64, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron, is closed and State Route 204 is closed at Cimarron.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open, but the lake itself is closed for helicopters to fight the fire.

Cimarron Canyon State Park will now be closed in order to keep the roadway open for fire crews.

Red flag conditions are predicted for the fire area today.

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