Carson National Forest fire closes D.H. Lawrence ranch

July 5, 2018

SAN CRISTOBAL, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico ranch where novelist D.H. Lawrence once sought spiritual renewal has been closed thanks to a nearby wildfire.

The Carson National Forest imposed restrictions last week that closed the University of New Mexico’s D.H. Lawrence Ranch.

Forest officials said in a statement Wednesday that a fire in the drought-stricken Carson National Forest has charred around 3.6 square miles (9.3 square kilometers) since June 24 and remains only 12 percent contained. The blaze is under investigation.

Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, made summer visits to the ranch in 1924 and 1925. After Lawrence’s 1930 death, the ranch still hosted many famous visitors. Among them was Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, author Willa Cather and artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Frieda Lawrence, who died in 1956, left the property to the school in her will.

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