|Looking southwest from the Visitor's Center|
Drive up into the Organ Mountains a little ways from Las Cruces and you will arrive at Dripping Springs, a natural area set aside for the protection of its beauty, its wildlife, and its recreational opportunities.
|These photos were taken a month or so ago, before the fires|
Right now, Dripping Springs is closed because of a fire that has been burning in the Organs for almost two weeks. The fire was caused by a live-fire training exercise at Fort Bliss. Mind you, we are in the middle of a drought, we have high fire danger warnings (no open fires, etc.), and the springtime windy season is in full force. On the day that the exercises were held we were having wild winds with gusts up to 55 miles per hour.
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
At night, we watch the flames from our house in the valley, and think about the animals up there.