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Coyote Fire

Unit Information

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
National Park Service
Salt Flat, TX 79847

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Transition to a Type 4 Organization Begins Today

Coyote Fire Wildfire
News – 5/30/2016


Monday 05/30/2016 – 10 AM

Transition to a Type 4 Organization Begins Today

Acres: 14,442 Start Date: May 7, 2016

Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM

Containment: 50% Fuels/Topography: Timber/grass/chaparral, rugged terrain,

Total personnel: 158 steep canyons.

Today’s Actions: The fire showed minimal growth over night and fire crews will continue to monitor it throughout the day. Transition to Incident Commander Jay Yancik’s Type 4 organization will begin this afternoon with a transfer of command taking place Tuesday at 6 a.m.

Yesterday’s Actions: Demobilization of resources continued as fire crews monitored the fire. The Coyote Fire Incident Commander, Planning Section Chief, Public Information Officers, and the incident Meteorologist assisted Eddy County Emergency Response Officials (ECERO) with an oil well blowout near the community of Loving early Sunday Morning. The ECERO were able to quickly contain the leak around 9 a.m.

Closures: Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GMNP) and the Southwest Incident Management Team 5 (SWIMT5) would like to remind the public that closure orders will remain in effect over the Memorial Day Holiday. Although the GMNP Visitors Center and the Salt Basin Dunes Trail are open, officials are discouraging visitation due to the increase in fire related traffic in and around the park. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

  • Dog Canyon

  • Devil’s Hall Trail

  • Frijole Ranch

  • Frijole Trail

  • Foothill Trail

  • Guadalupe Peak Trail

  • El Capitan Trail

  • McKittrick Canyon

  • Smith Spring Trail

  • Pine Springs Campground

  • Williams Ranch Road

  • 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.