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On the morning of May 14th, a wildland fire was spotted in the Juniper Canyon area of Big Bend National Park. Lightning from the previous evening is the presumed cause of ignition.
International and interagency response included Big Bend National Park fire crewmembers, the Los Diablos fire crew, helitack crews, five Forest Service hotshot crews, and a Type 3 wildland fire team. In all, the fire was worked on by 162 personnel, and burned an estimated 944 acres. No park structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported.
The Type 3 Incident Management Team has transferred incident command back to Big Bend NP Type 4. As of Friday, May 19th, 2017, the fire is 100% contained, and the park is fully open.
All facilities in the Chisos Basin are now open to visitors. The Chisos campground main loop is open and the Chiso group campground will officially re-open at 3pm on Friday, May 19th.
The National Park Service has re-opened the following areas for use: Juniper Canyon, Pine Canyon Rds and campsites, the Outer Mountain Loop Trails and camping (Dodson, Juniper Canyon, and Blue Creek), and all Chisos Mountains Trails.
Panther Junction Visitor Center will be open today during the normal business hours of 9 AM-5 PM offering regular services as well as updated information.
For a recorded message of current updates on closures and effects of the fire please call 432-477-2576. Updates are also available on https://facebook.com/BigBendNPS, https://twitter.com/BigBendNPS and https://www.nps.gov/bibe.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday May 14th, 2017 approx. 10:30 AM|
|Location||Juniper Canyon area of Big Bend National Park|
|Incident Commander||Richard Sinkovitz, Type 4 IC|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
No active fire activity over last 24 hours
Demob all resources.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Resources will continue to demobilize. All closures lifted.
All closures have been lifted. Park is fully open.
Weather is hot and dry.