Northern NM wildfire continues to grow

June 15, 2013 • State News

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 [auth] 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 worked Saturday 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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