Fire Closes Carlsbad Caverns
According to local fire officials, a wildfire located in southeast New Mexico has prompted the evacuation Tuesday of White City, a small community on the outskirts of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
The blaze, which has so far spread to some 16,000 acres, is 10% contained, said Jennifer Myslivy, a spokeswoman for the incident management team in charge of the firefighting effort.
“It’s very active,” she said. “The wind is going to push it and keep (it) growing.”
Myslivy estimated that about 300 people, including tourists and visitors to the park, were impacted by the White City evacuation order.
The blaze was first reported late Monday afternoon. Within an hour, the park had to close and staff had to evacuate visitors from Carlsbad’s famously deep caverns, said Joel Arnwine, emergency manager for Eddy County, New Mexico.