NMWA fire

The fire burns up the hillside above the National Museum of Wildlife Art on Sunday afternoon. Flames came within yards of the museum.

In the wake of the Wildlife Museum Fire, which scorched around 80 acres on the hillside surrounding the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the museum announced that it will be closed Monday.

In an email, Debbie Phillips, the museum's marketing coordinator, said the reason was "to secure the building from smoke in the area."

She also expressed the museum's gratitude to the firefighters who fought the blaze.

"We would like to thank the firefighters from all over the Valley for containing the fire so fast and efficiently," she wrote. "We are very grateful."

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7062 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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