A wildfire approached Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park, but firefighters managed to keep the flames from reaching the historic complex.
The fire broke out Tuesday around 4 p.m. As of Wednesday morning, about 26 acres of heavy brush had burned north of the Castle grounds. Firefighters from the region were called in to fight the blaze, which at times fed flames about 70 feet high.
Park officials say Scotty’s Castle is closed indefinitely until water and power are restored to the area. Bonnie Clair Road is closed between the junction of Big Pine Road and three miles east of the Castle. The remainder of the park remains open to visitors. There is no damage to the Castle itself. A small area of an outbuilding was sprayed with water after winds blew embers onto the structure.
Firefighters hope to have the fire fully contained by the weekend. The source of the fire has not yet been determined.