Stateline Fire burns more than 20,000 acres in New Mexico and Colorado

The fire is burning in the area where Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma converge

Stateline Fire map

Above: satellite image showing the Stateline Fire. Red indicates heat, and the burned area appears black.

(UPDATED at 9:15 p.m. MDT March 12, 2018)

Here is an update from fire officials at 9 p.m. MDT March 12:

“The Stateline Fire burning in Union County, north of Clayton, New Mexico is now 50% contained. An estimated 27,658 acres has burned, of which 16,898 acres is on state and private land in New Mexico, 10,750 in Colorado and 10 acres in Oklahoma.”


(Originally published at 7:20 p.m. MST March 10, 2018)

The Stateline Fire burning in Union County, north of Clayton, New Mexico, is currently estimated at 21,253 acres, of which 7,160 acres has crossed over into Colorado.  The fire started Thursday morning March 8 on private property in New Mexico.  There is no immediate threat to structures at this time. Fuels include piñon, juniper, oak, and grass. Currently there are more than 80 personnel from multiple agencies fighting the fire. The cause is under investigation.

The has also crossed from New Mexico into Cimarron County in Oklahoma, making it one of the few fires that have burned in three states.

Stateline Fire
Stateline Fire. Photo credit: Albuquerque Fire Department.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

6 thoughts on “Stateline Fire burns more than 20,000 acres in New Mexico and Colorado”

  1. This area is very meaning to be. I am an Eagle Scout from Indiana hiked Philmont in ’60. Relocated to Albuquerque ’90 camped the area of the fire. My heart goes out for all those touched buy the State Line Fire.
    Fred S

  2. Yikes. Son has 70+ acres near Delhi. He has been saying since early January they have not had enough snow or rain and he has been worried about this or lack of water come spring/summer.

    1. At first based on the sat photo we were not certain that it had crossed into Oklahoma but it appeared that it may have. When it was confirmed Sunday morning we updated the text of the article but not the headline.


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