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Wildfire Forces Evacuation of White City, NM

Posted by feww on June 15, 2011

Raging wildfire closes Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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A wildfire described as “very active” by local officials has closed Carlsbad Caverns National Park in SE New Mexico, and forced evacuation of nearby White City community.

By early afternoon (MS) on June 14, the so-called Loop Fire had burned about 16,000 acres and was only 10 percent contained, according to the area incident management team.


Loop Fire was burning in Carlsbad Caverns National Park when MODIS on the Terra satellite captured this image at 12:10 p.m. MST, on June 14, 2011. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.

Summary: The fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain along State Highway 7 going into Carlsbad Caverns National Park off of US Highway 62/180.

  • Fire Behavior: Very active fire behavior
  • Growth Potential: High
  • Terrain Difficulty: Steep, rugged and rocky terrian
  • Current Weather: Wind Conditions 20 mph SW
  • Temperature : 100 degrees
  • Humidity: 5%

Special Notices: A temporary evacuation of White City, NM has been issued and Carlsbad Caverns National Park is still CLOSED for the next couple of day due to extreme fire activity.

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