Cause Determined for the Track Fire Near Trinidad and Raton

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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.

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