A lightning ignited fire was discovered near Coyote Peak in the northwest corner of Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. As of Sunday afternoon, May 8, the Coyote Peak fire is estimated to have burned approximately 3000 acres. High winds are pushing the fire north and east across the park approaching Texas and New Mexico state line. The forecast calls for high winds over the next 72 hours. A lead plane, three heavy air tankers and a helicopter worked the fire in the morning until high winds forced them to land for the day. Tom Barta’s Pecos Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team and three of the nation’s elite Hotshot crews are assigned to the fire.
The current suppression strategy is focused on securing the northern perimeter. The incident command post will be in Queen, New Mexico. Updates will be available on the Fire Incident Information System athttp://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4719/.
Park closures due to fire include Dog Canyon, the Marcus Trail, Blue Ridge Trail, sections of the Bush Mountain and Tejas Trail. Closures will be in place until further notice. Fire updates and trail status are posted on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/gumo/planyourvisit/conditions and on the park’s Facebook and Twitter pages: www.facebook.com/guadalupe.mountains and twitter.com/GuadalupeMtnsNP .
Media are encouraged to contact Guadalupe Mountains National Park PIO, Elizabeth Jackson at (432) 940-2440 for further information.