Thursday May 12, 2016
Fire: Coyote Fire
Total Personnel: 243
Start Date: May 7, 2016
Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM
Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain
Yesterday: The fire grew by approximately 800 acres with active, healthy spread to the south and east within the Park. Firefighters reported primarily low intensity fire behavior that will release nutrients for trees and other vegetation as well as remove non-native species that compete with native species. Crews continued to patrol and mop-up the northern fire perimeter line near the New Mexico state boarder.
Today: Firefighters will continue to work in the McKittrick Canyon area to protect historic cabins within the Park. The cold front will likely slow new fire growth due to lower temperatures and higher humidities. However, developing east winds may allow for some additional natural fire spread near Bush Mountain.
“We want to ensure that this fire is doing the right thing for the land and for the people who cherish it,” said Guadalupe Mountains National Park Superintendent, Eric Brunneman. “This will be a better park for firefighters, visitors, plants, and animals alike in the long run.”
Smoke: Smoke will be disperse to the south with little to no impacts.
Closures: Dog Canyon, Devil’s Hall Trail, and all back country areas of the Park are CLOSED due to fire activity. Closures will be in place until further notice. Park areas remaining open are Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan, and Smith Springs Trail.
Coyote Fire Information: (575) 616-7901
Text Message: text “follow GuadalupeMtnsNP” to 40404
Photo: Smoke rises from the Coyote Fire near Bush Mountain as the fire burns at low intensities through grasses and brush on May 11, 2016. Credit: IMT/ Brent Wachter