The Ute Park Fire that has been burning since June, 1st reached Northern New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch, which has drawn generations of Boy Scouts who arduously train for its rugged trails and peaks.
The Scout Ranch has published daily fire updates regarding the status of the fire. The most recent update, as of June 9th, states:
The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres and 77% contained. There is currently 545 personnel including 13 crews, 10 helicopters, 18 engines, 4 bulldozers, 7 water tenders.
Our staff is diligently continuing to contact crews whose programs have been affected.
Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fire. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.
On June 4th, officials at the Scout Ranch said they made the “difficult decision” to cancel treks and other activities that were scheduled for June 8 through July 14. Staff members who had been preparing for the hikers are making phone calls to affected crews, helping them to make new plans.
You Can Help
The BSA released some information on their Instagram page with information on how you can support Philmont.
“The Scouting community has been watching the events of the Ute Park Fire unfold at Philmont Scout Ranch and many are asking how they can help. The situation is ongoing and dynamic, so Philmont won’t know all of what it needs for days or weeks to come. We do know, however, that the need is going to be real and substantial. Philmont has insurance for fire damage but will need significant help for things that are likely not covered, such as reseeding and reforestation, repair of roads and bridges, trail reconstruction and staff support.”
“For now, if you’d like to help by giving to the PSA, they will work with Philmont to determine how best to apply your donation when the time comes. Your contribution may not go directly to repair or rebuild a lost building, but rest assured, it will go to continue making Philmont a premiere high-adventure experience for Scouts for years to come. This is not a PSA fundraiser – 100% of your contribution will go to Philmont fire support.”
If you are able and would like to give, you can do so HERE.
Follow the fire updates from Philmont HERE.