Fire at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

A fire that broke out on the Carlsbad Caverns National Park scenic loop road early this week has burned over 30,000 acres and forced a closure of the caves until Thursday.

The fire was able to be diverted from the park’s buildings, and although everything smells smoky, there does not appear to be any damage to the park buildings.

Positive reports from rangers involved in the bat flight program indicate that the bats appear to be unaffected by the blaze.

Todays the parks official website reads…

PARK OPEN – Cave tours as scheduled
The Loop Fire burned through the park and nearby lands. Smoke and ash present; breathing/health issues – take precautions. Caves, bats, & buildings are OK!

Now that the fire has been contained, more work begins assessing the ecological situation, and to find out the cause.

Given the point of origin, I’m thinking the fire was human-caused. If that is determined, we would like to find the human that it and have a word with him, – Park Superintendent John Benjamin

Firefighters battling 2 fronts & Caverns employees react to Loop Fire scenario [Current-Argus]

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