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The fire in the Bandelier Wilderness has grown to about 75 acres, according to information provided by the monument Tuesday night. The fire has been named the San Miguel Fire for its proximity to the San Miguel ruins located on the west side of the monument.
Rain Sunday and Monday slowed the progress of the fire, according to officials, but there was no rain on Tuesday.
“We expect this fire to burn throughout the summer,” Bandelier’s Fire Management Officer Gary Kemp said in an announcement. “We are working closely with the Santa Fe National Forest to manage this fire because it is so close to the Forest/Monument boundary. Varying degrees of fire growth and movement are expected as weather conditions change. The fire will be managed to prevent any threats to public safety or facilities. If necessary, temporary closures of some backcountry trails may occur to ensure visitor safety.”
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