Firefighters Continue to Battle Coyote Fire

Acres: 12,718
Total Personnel: Increase from 60 to 150
Containment: 70%
Start Date: May 7, 2016
Cause: Lightning
Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM
Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain

Salt Flat, Texas – Yesterday, high winds pushed fire further past Bush Mountain ridge toward Guadalupe Peak. Fire is expected to remain active in this area. Smoke is anticipated to be thick and remain low and visible along US 62/180 and in Pine Springs area of the park. Due to continued high winds today and tomorrow, and increased fire activity toward the east, a Type 2 Incident Management team will arrive tomorrow to increase fire personnel on the ground.

Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Smith Spring Trail and the Pine Springs campground, are now CLOSED due to extreme smoke in these areas of the park. The Pine Springs Visitor Center remains open with regular hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Crews remain vigilant in their duties both on the fire and off. The public is reminded that there are still inherent dangers regarding the Coyote Fire, and to be alert to changing area restrictions. It is also important to watch for fire vehicles and practice caution while passing.

Closures: Dog Canyon, Devil’s Hall Trail, Frijole Trail, Foothill Trail remain CLOSED. Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Smith Spring Trail and the Pine Springs Campground are now CLOSED. All backcountry areas of the Park will remain CLOSED until further notice. Park areas remaining open are Salt Basin Dunes on the west end of the park, near Dell City, Texas.

Fire Information:

Coyote Fire Information No. (575) 616-7901

NMfire.com

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4719

Text Message: text “follow GuadalupeMtnsNP” to 40404

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Media are encouraged to contact Guadalupe Mountains National Park PIO, Elizabeth Jackson at (432) 940-2440 for further information.

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