Raton Fire Nearly Contained
Raton, NM – Firefighters are close to containing a wildfire that charred nearly 28,000 acres along the New Mexico-Colorado border.
The Track fire had initially forced the evacuation of several hundred residents and the closure of Interstate 25 between Raton and Trinidad, Colo.
Crews were focused Tuesday on mopping up and patrolling for hot spots. They will also work on rehabilitating areas where bulldozers and hand crews constructed lines.
Fire officials say all containment lines continue to hold and fire activity has been minimal.
The fire destroyed eight homes, 11 outbuildings and one recreational structure at Sugarite State Park in New Mexico.
One unoccupied home and several outbuildings were destroyed in Colorado.
The fire was sparked June 12 by exhaust from an all-terrain vehicle. Authorities are looking for the person who was responsible.
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