Track Fire Under Control


Yesterday’s rain helped we are sure but we understand that the fire is under control. Read more about it here

This is great news that we are all happy to hear since it burned 27,792 Total Acres (19,970 in New Mexico, 7,822 in Colorado). We sure appreciate all the hard work by the firefighters!

Cause Determined for the Track Fire Near Trinidad and Raton

Photo of Random ATV

The cause of the Track Fire near Trinidad and Raton is believed to have been started by an ATV. Here is an excerpt from the report:

“Investigators from New Mexico State Forestry and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) have determined the cause of the Track Fire, which has burned 27,794 acres of land in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, according to New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin.

Investigators have found strong evidence to suggest Track Fire was caused by engine exhaust particles, likely expelled from an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) on Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway property.  An ATV rider trespassed onto land owned by BNSF railway through access from nearby private property.

“I’d like to thank the investigators from State Forestry and the BNSF for their outstanding work in determining the cause of the wildfire,” said Delfin. “Our fire danger remains high to extreme across New Mexico and I urge all residents and visitors to obey restrictions and operate all vehicles and machinery in a safe manner so that no fires are started.”

Anyone with information regarding the person or persons riding or operating ATVs in the area near the origin of the fire on Sunday, June 12, 2011, is asked to contact New Mexico State Forestry Agent Shawn Beck at 505-827-0503 or the Colfax County Sheriff’s Department at 575-445-5561.

You can read the rest of the article here

Track Fire Update

The wildfire that has been burning near Trinidad and Raton is still burning but at this time I-25 has been reopened and the fire is only about 25% contained. More than 27,000 acres have burned. The recent report says:

I-25 is OPEN.  Exit 454 in New Mexico, and Exit 2 in Colorado, will remain closed. Traffic may not stop along the interstate.  A 45 mph speed limit will be STRICTLY enforced throughout the area of the interstate impacted by the Track Fire.  The public should use extreme caution on the interstate as there will be heavy fire traffic.

Currently there are 26 crews, 53 engines, 10 water tenders, 8 dozer,  7 helicopters and 844 personal on the ground fighting this fire.

Total acres burned on the Track Fire are 27,140 with 7,191 acres in Colorado and 19,949 acres in New Mexico.   Of the acres burned in New Mexico, 502 acres are on New Mexico Department of State Lands and the remaining 19,949 acres are on private lands.

If you are visiting Southern Colorado please be very careful as things are very dry with the recent lack of rain. Fires like this one can start very easily and many people are affected. There is a complete ban on Fireworks and Open Fires including cooking and BBQ fires outside. Be aware of your situation and don’t let your guard down.

Photos taken from Santa Fe Trail Ranch in Las Animas County and shared by RC Ghormley

Wildfire near Trinidad Colorado

The Track Fire has burned more than 24,000 acres mostly north of Raton New Mexico and some into Colorado. You can find more information on the Track fire here and here there is an updated map showing the location of the fire on this website also.

I-25 has been closed from Exit 11 in Trinidad into Raton and the only way around is to go east to Branson. Its about 120 miles round trip if you go this way and there are no Services or Fuel so make sure you get snacks and fill your tank before going this way around the fire. From Trinidad you would take Highway 160/350 east, then just east of Trinidad you will take Highway 160 to 389 south towards Branson. When you enter New Mexico 389 turns into NM 551 so take that down to NM 456 to Folsom. At this point you can take NM 325 west or east down to Highway 87/64.

Link to Google Maps,+Las+Animas,+Colorado&ll=36.907078,-104.000702&spn=0.684108,1.616364&t=h&z=10

The fire is only about 5% contained at this time. We were worried that it would affect Santa Fe Trail Ranch but so far it looks like the West side of I-25 in New Mexico is contained at this time.

If you have any photos to share of the fire please let us know or post them in the comments below.

Santa Fe Trail Days

Here is a schedule for the activities for Santa Fe Trail Days this weekend June 10-12, 2011

Weekend activities include:

Free hot dog lunch and face painting from noon- 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at Miner’s Memorial Park provided by Pioneer Natural Resources

Register to win tickets to a Rockies game with a NEW membership to The Chamber of Commerce and/or Trout Unlimited

Great Gas Giveaway -register with KCRT to win $100 gas certificate!

5K – 10K Stampede 8 a.m. Saturday

Four days of Carnival fun in Holy Trinity football field

Kiwanis Duck Race on the Purgatoire River Saturday 5 p.m.

Chili Cookoff & Salsa Throwdown -Sunday, June 12 – 2 p.m. at What a Grind

Car Show and Bike Show on Saturday

Horseshow Tournament in the Bellie”s Saloon Event Tent

Hot Wing Eating Contest hosted by Fabilis Wings

King Coal Car Race and Parade – Saturday 11:00 a.m.

Featured in Belle’s Saloon on the Santa Fe Trail” the entertainment tent on Commercial and Elm streets are:

Friday, June 10, 2011 ($5 cover all day)


12:00 – 3:30 DJ Music

3:30 – 5:00 Z and Janna

5:30 – 7:45 The New Turning Point

8:30 – 11:00 Level 5

Saturday, June 11, 2011 ($10 cover all day)


10:00-1:00 DJ Music

1:00 – 3:00 Full Moon Featuring Diana Sanchez

3:30 – 5:00 Bad Habitz

5:30 – 7:45 Southern Belle

8:30 to 11:00 Tobias Rene

Sunday, June 12, 2011 (No Cover-Free all day)


12:00 – 2:00 Workhorse

2:30 – 4:30 The Qliques

5:00 The Festival Closes

Family Entertainment featured in in the Cultural & Heritage Stage area in Miner’s Memorial Park are:

Friday, June 10, 2011


12:00 – 1:30 DJ Rodney

1:30 – 2:30 Trinidad Lake State Park presents their boating program

2:30 – 4 p.m. DJ Rodney

5-7 p.m. The Qliques

Saturday, June 11, 2011


11:00-Noon Puppet Show

12:00 – 1:00 Dance Connection

1:30 — 2:30 Kinspire

3:00 – 3:30 Tails on the Trail Pet Parade

4-6 p.m. The New Turning Point Band

Sunday, June 12, 2011


12:00 – 1:30 Pickin & Grinnin’ w/ Wes McKinley & Bill

2:00 – 3:00 Folklorico de Colores

3:30-5 p.m. Dynamix