CIMARRON (AP) — A wildfire in northern New Mexico has prompted approximately 100 Boy Scouts to relocate to another camping area within the Philmont Scout Ranch as a precaution.
State Forestry officials say the White Peak’s fire has charred an estimated 850 acres about 14 miles southwest of Cimarron.
The lightning-caused fire began Thursday morning.
It’s burning ponderosa pine and mixed conifer on state and private land in a remote area some three miles south of the Philmont ranch’s border.
Authorities say the fire is zero percent contained.
Air tankers are dropping retardant to slow the spread of the flames. About 60 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the fire.
Several structures in the vicinity are threatened but none have burned so far.