Wildfire Closes I-25 Near Raton

Raton, NM – Fire officials say a wildfire burning in northeast New Mexico has scorched at least 1,500 acres.

New Mexico State Forestry and other local agencies have been battling the Track Fire burning in the area of Raton Pass, west of Interstate 25 in northeast New Mexico.

The fire started before noon Sunday and has forced the closure of Interstate 25 in Raton Pass as it burns near the pavement.

New Mexico State Parks has evacuated and closed Sugarite Canyon State Park, located on the border with Colorado.

Officials say the fire has not crossed into Colorado.

Crews have also asked residents in nearby homes to leave. No damage to structures has been reported.

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