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Park Reopens Following Closure Due To Miller Fire

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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The park will reopen today following a three week closure due to the Miller Fire on the surrounding Gila National Forest. While the fire burned through both units of the monument, hard work by staff and firefighters, which included installing sprinkler systems in Cliff Dweller Canyon, protective wraps on exposed wood, and additional fuels removal around several sites, including the Cliff Dwellings and TJ Site, prevented any damage except the lower section of the down trail, which suffered severe fire damage. Four older Forest Service modular structures and the middle fork well house were destroyed when the fire burned through the administrative area on Monday, May 9th. A strong presence of structural fire trucks, sprinkler systems and firefighters prevented the fire from reaching any housing units, the visitor center, or the trailhead contact station and the shop areas.  The Miller Fire was nearing 87,000 acres on Thursday, May 26th, but at 60% containment it has slowed its advance except in several small areas on the north and west sides. Most trails in the Gila Valley remain closed, but all four campgrounds have reopened, though the entire Lower Scorpion Campground was lightly burned over.



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