Crews monitor Whiskey Fire

Wildfire smoke

EL MALPAIS NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (KRQE) – Firefighters from the National Park Service, El Malpais National Monument and the Mount Taylor Ranger District are monitoring a 52-acre fire burning about a half mile northeast of Lost Woman Crater.

Officials say the fire was caused by lightning and reported Friday, July 18.

Flames are 1 to 2 feet high, according to officials.

Smoke from the fire may be visable on NM Highway 53 in the El Carlderon area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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