Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 (IMT5) Assumes Command of the Coyote Fire

COYOTE FIRE UPDATE  Wednesday 05/26/2016 – 9 AM                  

Acres: 14,351
Start Date: May 7, 2016
Cause:
Lightning
Location:
46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM
Containment: 70%
Fuels/Topography: Timber/grass/chaparral, rugged terrain, steep canyons
Total personnel: 307                                                                .                                                                    

Today’s Actions:  Red flag weather conditions of high winds and low humidity are forecasted for the next few days.  Rough terrain and steep canyons combined with high winds have fire managers increasing their focus on risk management, fire fighter and public safety, and the protection of the values at risk around the fire.  As crews wait for calmer winds, the priority will be surveying the area and assessing structural and infrastructure protection needs.

Yesterday’s Actions: Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 (IMT5) assumed command of the Coyote Fire at 9 p.m.  Crews worked thoroughout the day strenghening the south and west perimeter.  The fire continued to creep within the Bowl area of the Park and along south McKittrick Canyon due to abundant fuel sources of grass, brush and timber.

Closures:

  • Dog Canyon
  • Devil’s Hall Trail
  • Frijole Trail
  • Foothill Trail
  • Guadalupe Peak Trail
  • El Capitan Trail
  • McKittrick Canyon
  • Smith Spring Trail
  • Pine Springs Campground
  • All backcountry areas of the Park will remain CLOSED until further notice.

Smoke Impact:  Smoke continues to be visible along US 62/180 and in Pine Springs area of the park.

Fire Information:
Inciweb:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4719/
NM Fire Info: https://nmfireinfo.com/
Phone: 575-616-7901

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