National Park Service firefighters still monitoring several lightning ignited wildfires at El Malpais National Monument

National Park Superintendent Mitzi Frank announced that the two lightning caused fires are still being monitored within El Malpais National Monument. Both fires are surrounded by lava and burning within ponderosa forests with needles and grassy vegetation. However, firefighters will take action if needed.
The Braided Cave Fire is located in the southwest corner of El Malpais National Monument. It is estimated to be approximately ~73 acres. Creeping fire behavior is being observed. The area continues to receive rain.
Braided Cave Fire

Braided Cave Fire

The CDT Fire is south of the Zuni Acoma Trailhead (ZAT) and is ~30 acres in size.
CDT Fire
Favorable weather conditions exist for burning wood piles along the west side of County Road 42. A Saguaro Fire Use Module crew will be assisting with this work.
Smoke is visible along County Road 42 and Hwy 53. At this time there are no trail restrictions or road closures.
An interactive fire map is available at
For more information, please contact Kevin Parrish, 505-285-4641, extension 35.

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