Fire at Gilcrease Sanctuary

There was a major fire early this morning at the Gilcrease Sanctuary.  Due to high winds, firefighters had a difficult time getting the blaze under control but we understand they have.

Hundreds of birds -- including at least 60 that are considered rare -- were killed in the early morning two-alarm fire at the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary near Durango and Grand Teton in the northwest area of the valley.

Las Vegas firefighters extinguished the blaze before 7 a.m., but not before hundreds of exotic birds perished, according to sanctuary employees at the scene.

The sanctuary is home to about 1,500 birds, according to the staff.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.