One of Two Fires Out Near Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

NEAR CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK - Thousands of acres burned and almost a million dollars worth of damage near Carlsbad Caverns, all thanks to lightning strikes.

According to New Mexico fire officials, one fire has burned up more than 13,000 acres since it began on May 16th.

We're told firefighters have it about 30 percent contained.

So far, no buildings or homes have been burned and none are directly threatened right now.

More than 350 firefighters are battling the blaze on the ground and in the air.

The other fire, called the Yucca Fire, has been put out.

The main cave at Carlsbad Caverns is still open.

The Loop Road and all back country hiking remain closed.