Ocate Fire

As the massive fires in Northern New Mexico burned through more acres and emitted huge plumes of smoke into the sky this weekend, some people refused to leave their land and their farms, pinning their hopes on coming stormclouds and a promise of some precipitation. 

The Cooks Peak Fire, located on private land north of Ocate in Mora County, has grown to more than 2,000 acres, prompting evacuation orders for Canada Bonita and Blatman Ranch.

Evacuees may utilize Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas. Most evacuees are staying with friends and family, so the evacuation center is not seeing an increase in people at this time. The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team will be taking over operations of the Cooks Peak Fire in the coming days.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It was first reported on Easter Sunday just after 4 p.m.

The Forest Service and state agencies are working to contain the fire, which is wind driven. It is now just over 2,000 acres and has not yet been contained at all. Heavy smoke was visible throughout the afternoon in Mora County. 

Updates will be provided as they become available. This remains an ongoing situation. 

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