Wildfire Breaks Out Near New Mexico Scout Camp

CIMARRON, N.M. (June 16, 2013)--A wildfire in northern New Mexico that forced about 100 Boy Scouts to move 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 was 10 percent contained.

Lightning sparked the fire Thursday morning in a remote forested area of private land about 14 miles southwest of Cimarron and 3 miles south of the border of the Philmont scout camp.

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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