May 18, 2016 by lwallace
Pecos Type 3 Team, under the leadership of Tom Barta, resumed operations of the Coyote Fire Tuesday,May 17, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. The Coyote Fire has slowed due to a storm that produced light, steady rains and cooler temperatures.
Today, temperatures are predicted to be a maximum of 55 degrees with 60-70% chance of precipitation in low cloud ceiling. There will be a lightning activity level (LAL) of 3 for infrequent lightning and smoke dispersion during this time. Predictions of lower temperatures and higher precipitations will continue to aid firefighters in their resource management. Rehabilitation work on trails and other areas will begin by crews. Fire crews are monitoring fire lines for security as fire is allowed to progress in interior areas to remove fuel loads.
During these operational periods, safety is of the utmost importance for firefighters and the public. Firefighters are encouraged to not become complacent in their duties. The public is reminded that even though the fire is minimized in intensity, there are still dangers in and around the fire.
Closures: Dog Canyon, Devil’s Hall Trail, Frijole Trail, Foothill Trail. All backcountry areas of the Park will remain CLOSED until further notice. Park areas remaining open are Guadalupe Peak, El Capitan and Smith Spring Trail.
Media are encouraged to contact Guadalupe Mountain National Park PIO, Elizabeth Jackson at (432) 940-244o for further information.
Coyote Fire Information No. (575) 616-7901
Text Message: text “follow GuadalupeMtnsNP” to 40404