Coyote Fire Update: Light, steady rains hamper fire growth
Incident: Coyote Fire Wildfire
Salt Flat, Texas – 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 with a low cloud ceiling. There will be a lightening activity level (LAL) of 3 for very 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 the utmost importance for firefighters and the public. The public is reminded that even as the fire minimizes in intensity, there are still dangers in and around the fire incident area.
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 Mountains National Park PIO, Elizabeth Jackson at (432) 940-2440 for further information.
Coyote Fire Information No. (575) 616-7901
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