Death Valley wildfire closes Scotty's Castle

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Updated: 5/22/2013 6:06 pm

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Death Valley National Park has forced the closure of popular Scotty's Castle.

The fire erupted Monday and the visitor center has been closed, tours have been canceled, and power and phone service is out.

Park spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman says the structure wasn't threatened because winds blew the flames away.

Forty-five firefighters are doing mop-up on the 26-acre blaze in Grapevine Canyon and full control is expected in a day or two.

Scotty's Castle is a sprawling but unfinished Spanish-style mansion built in the early 20th century in an oasis in the far northern end of what is now the national park. It got its name from Walter Scott, a local desert character who was a friend of the original builder.


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