Blaze near Carlsbad Caverns 50 percent contained
Posted at: 07/04/2012 2:07 PM
By: The Associated Press
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A wildfire burning on the western border of Carlsbad Caverns National Park is now 50 percent contained.
Fire officials said Wednesday crews were able to take advantage of rain, higher humidity and cooler temperatures to battle the 7,000-acre blaze known as the Horse Canyon Fire.
Authorities said that the wildfire was sparked June 29 by lightning in the Lincoln National Forest around the New Mexico-Texas state line.
The blaze is not impacting activities at the national park.
The Horse Canyon Fire is near the area burned in the Last Chance Fire in spring in 2011.
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