Video of driving through the Ute Park Fire

Driving through Ute Park Fire New Mexico

Above: screenshot from the video below.

Apparently these people survived driving through the Ute Park Fire in Northeast New Mexico. As a wildland firefighter for decades, I have never driven through that much fire for that length of time. One of the many disastrous things that can happen is that the fire consumes so much oxygen that there is not enough left to support burning the gasoline in the vehicle’s engine — it can quit and the vehicle will stall, probably in the most intense part of the fire.

All of our articles about the Ute Park Fire can be found HERE.

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. Google+

4 thoughts on “Video of driving through the Ute Park Fire”

  1. The smoke was visible from Dumas, Tx around 6pm. Nearly over Clayton by sunset. Dramatic fire in the sky kind of photos starting from Texline on into Clayton.

  2. That’s a terrifying thought. What should a person or family do if they’re evacuating and the car seems to be stalling out like that? Are there differences in what to do in Southeastern US forests vs what you have out there in New Mexico?

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