Colfax County is pleased to announce that the citizens of Ute Park are cleared to re-enter their homes today June 8th, 2018 at 10am.
All property access off NM 204 is still closed and under evacuation orders.
We ask that you obey all speed limits and traffic laws while returning. There will be a law enforcement presence to assist in this transition. We want to stress that your homes are safe. There were only minor losses to outbuildings at Cimarroncita Camp. Power was restored to the community several days ago.
The fire threat to Ute Park has been minimized; however there are still some concerns. Air quality will continue to be an issue as the Ute Park Fire is expected to burn for some time. The winds will change over the course of this fire and there will be a smoke presence. There is an air quality monitoring station in Cimarron, Ute Park and the Moreno Valley that will provide up to date info on potential hazards. Updates on smoke and air quality and links to monitoring information will be available on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5820/ and https://nmfireinfo.com.
Local Ute Park Residents will be allowed to travel between Ute Park and Eagle Nest on US Highway 64. ID will be required. (This includes part time residents/ Ute Park Property owners)
Non-residents of Ute Park will not be allowed entry to the west bound section of US Highway 64.
Please be aware that US Highway 64 will remain closed between Cimarron and Ute Park to all civilian traffic. This is due to ongoing firefighting efforts and damage to the highway corridor.
NM 204 will remain closed as well.
The road blocks at US 64 in Eagle Nest/ East side, US 64 in Cimarron/ West side, and US 64 and NM 204 will remain in place. Reduced speed through the canyon is advised, there will be fire mitigation efforts along the Ute Park to Eagle Nest section of US 64. Expect delays, there may be lane closures resulting in single lane travel with flaggers and pilot cars.
For Ute Parks residents on the Cimarron side of the fire, there will be a one time convoy meeting at the Cimarron/ West side road block that will allow you access to your homes. This convoy will leave the Cimarron road block at 12 noon on June 8th, 2018. All other entry and exit will be directed to the Eagle Nest side of the Canyon.
Ute Park residents are advised that there will be continued work in and around the immediate area of Ute Park as the fire teams begin removal of equipment and supplies. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.
We thank you for your patience, kindness, generosity and perseverance through this trying time.