:dry: Updated Monday, June 21, 2011 9:30AM

There are no fires at Philmont at this time. The Philmont staff and management remain vigilant. Due to the low moisture conditions at Philmont, fire restrictions are in place that include the prohibition of campfires by crews.

Burn Ban
Philmont is currently at Fire Danger Level 5, Extreme Fire Danger. Open fires and fireworks are prohibited; no crew campfires are allowed in the backcountry; smoking is restricted to enclosed or designated areas; use of fireplaces is prohibited; and all wood burning stoves may not be used during red flag warnings.

The "Track" Fire
The “Track” fire is burning in the Raton Pass vicinity. This is 50 miles northeast of Philmont along the New Mexico/Colorado border. The fire has burned approximately 27,792 acres with no growth and is 95% contained. The firefighting efforts are essentially in a mop-up stage at this time. The fire and smoke is moving north and east—away from Philmont. It is causing minimal travel disruptions. Interstate 25 at Raton Pass is opened as is the rail line used by Amtrak.

Pacheco Fire
The Pacheco Fire is burning northeast of Santa Fe. It started Saturday June 18 and has currently burned 3,800 acres. Lower winds today are expected which should help the firefighting efforts. Smoke from the fire has been visible at Philmont but is not causing any air quality problems at this time.

Smoke
Philmont has not been affected by smoke from the Track fire. Light smoke from the 527,774 acre Wallow fire in southeast Arizona (approximately 400 miles away) has been present over the past 17 days although there was only one significant day of smoke at Philmont. No air quality alerts have been issued for Philmont or the surrounding area.

Transportation
Highway:
I-25 was reopened north of Raton, New Mexico early Thursday June 16. The 45-mph speed limit through Raton Pass has been lifted and is now 65-mph.

Rail:
The rail line used by Amtrak has reopened north of Raton, New Mexico. Trains have been arriving in Raton substantially on time causing no disruptions to crews.