Ute Park Wildfire Watch

For months New Mexico knew that exceptional drought conditions and an historic lack of rainfall and snowpack would result in a busier-than-normal fire season.

If there was any doubt about that, it was erased with the eruption of the Ute Park Fire in northern New Mexico on May 31. In only 18 hours, the fire had already engulfed 18,000 acres between the small, tight-knit communities of Eagle Nest and Cimarron, New Mexico.

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