Regional
7:56 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Wildfire Prompts Closure Of Gila Cliff Dwellings

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Officials are closing the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument due to smoke generated by what has become New Mexico's largest wildfire.

The National Park Service said the closure would take effect Thursday until air quality conditions improve.

The visitor's center will remain open to provide information to visitors who may be unaware of the closure.

People planning to visit should call the visitor's center first.

New Mexico health officials issued a smoke advisory for areas affected by the blaze that has burned nearly 300 square miles in the Gila National Forest.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.