Northern NM wildfire continues to grow

CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire in northern New Mexico that forced about 100 Boy Scouts to relocate to another camping area has grown to more than 1,000 acres.

State Forestry officials say the Whites Peak Fire grew Saturday to 1,111 acres — more than 1.7 square miles — and is 10 percent contained.

The lightning-caused fire began Thursday morning in a remote forested area of private land about 14 miles southwest of Cimarron and 3 miles south of Philmont’s border.

Officials say the fire is burning in landscape that is very steep and rocky and has very limited access for firefighters on the ground.

Crews are working to protect the Mora’s Creek Drainage near the fire.

The watershed provides water for area residences east of the fire.

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228-a-11-(Daniel Ware, spokesman, New Mexico State Forestry Division, in AP interview)-”with the weather”-New Mexico State Forestry Division spokesman Daniel Ware says the Whites Peak fire is not growing quickly. ((watch for dating; note “yesterday” in cut refers to Friday)) (15 Jun 2013)

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227-a-16-(Daniel Ware, spokesman, New Mexico State Forestry Division, in AP interview)-”feeds several communities”-New Mexico State Forestry Division spokesman Daniel Ware says the Whites Peak fire was able to spread on Saturday. ((note “today” in cut refers to Saturday)) (15 Jun 2013)

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230-a-11-(Daniel Ware, spokesman, New Mexico State Forestry Division, in AP interview)-”was a precaution”-New Mexico State Forestry Division spokesman Daniel Ware says crews were concerned about the safety of dozens of Boy Scouts who were camping at the Philmont Scout Ranch just north of the fire zone. (15 Jun 2013)

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229-a-15-(Daniel Ware, spokesman, New Mexico State Forestry Division, in AP interview)-”this fire directly”-New Mexico State Forestry Division spokesman Daniel Ware says the remote forest area poses challenges to firefighters. (15 Jun 2013)

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