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Lightning-caused fire closes part of Bandelier National Monument
Los Alamos Monitor
This map shows the area of closure in the Bandelier Wilderness due to the fire.

A lightning-caused fire reported Sunday in the Bandelier Wilderness has grown to 40 acres, the Bandelier National Monument reported Tuesday.

The fire has not yet been contained.

The fire is burning in pinyon juniper and grass, officials reported The fire has been low, and is slowly creeping in the grass and occasionally torching individual juniper trees.

Rain fell at the site Sunday night and again early Tuesday, officials reported. Weather forecasts predict afternoon thunderstorm will continue throughout the week.

The remoteness of the area and the rugged terrain are causing park managers to use a modified approach for fire suppression, according to fire officials at the monument.

Archaeological sites and threatened and endangered species habitat are threatened and will be protected from the high-intensity fire.

In other areas, fire will be allowed to burn out to natural boundaries, such as rock cliffs or areas with little or no vegetation.

An area closure surrounding the Alamo Fire is in effect for Bandelier National Monument.

The area that is closed includes the entire burro Trail and the area between the southwest rim of Frijoles Canyon to the Northeast rim of Alamo Canyon and from the Middle Alamo Trail south to the part boundary at the Rio Grande.

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