Jun 15, 2011 6:30 PM by Stephanie Collins

New Mexico fire Fire destroys shelter and forested acres in a state park

RATON, N.M. (AP) - Officials with New Mexico State Parks say about half of the forested acres at Sugarite Canyon State Park have been blackened by a wildfire burning along the New Mexico-Colorado border.

The Track Fire northeast of Raton also destroyed a group shelter at the park, but officials say historic buildings, residences, Lake Alice campground and the visitor's center are all intact.

Fire officials say smoke was billowing Wednesday afternoon, but crews have been making progress against the flames. The fire has burned more than 25,300 acres and is 5 percent contained. Sugarite park remains closed, and state officials say cleanup and recovery will start when conditions are safe.

Raton Mayor Neil Segotta and state Energy Secretary John Bemis both described the loss of forested area at the park as devastating.


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