Coyote Fire Update: Cooler temperatures slow fire growth

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Fire: Coyote Fire
Total Personnel: 170
Acres: 11,820
Start Date: May 7, 2016
Cause: Lightning              
Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM           
Containment: 30%          
Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain                         

Yesterday: Red flag weather conditions, including strong winds and low humilities, were in effect over the fire area. Crews continued to monitor the fire for any wind driven flare-ups. Some interior smoldering continued, and produced light, visible smoke.

Today: Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and chance of rain will work favorably for firefighters today.  Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire and begin rehabilitation work on trails and other areas as necessary.

“Our goal through this transition is to maintain firefighter and public safety while continuing to accomplish the objectives set forth by Southwest Incident Management Team # 3,” said Tim Memmer, Incident Commander 3 Trainee. “We will continue to hold and improve areas where fire growth has been held up on natural features and let the fire continue to clean up interior areas where escape to containment is not an issue.”

Closures: Dog Canyon, Devil’s Hall Trail, Frijole Trail, Foothill Trail and all backcountry areas of the Park will remain CLOSED until further notice. Park areas remaining open are Guadalupe Peak, El Captain and Smith Spring Trail.

Fire Information:

Coyote Fire Information No. (575) 616-7901


Text Message: text “follow GuadalupeMtnsNP” to 40404



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