Updated 5/18/2016 – Wednesday – 2145 PDT
Salt Flat, TX | Lightning struck the area, igniting a fire that was later discovered near Coyote Peak in the NW corner of Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 1330 hours on Saturday, May 7. It is also located 46 miles W of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
The wildfire management is under IC Tom Barta and his management team.
Currently, 97 personnel from the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service and from the New Mexico State Forestry are tied to this incident.
The fire has consumed up to 11,820 acres of grass, brush and chaparral. Fire crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status. They will continue to do rehabilitation work on trails and other areas. Additionally, they will monitor fire lines for security as the fire is allowed to progress inside the fire’s perimeter to reduce hazardous fire fuels.
The National Park Service issued this Alert, “Effective immediately, all backcountry areas are closed to the public. McKittrick Canyon and Dog Canyon will also remain closed until further notice. Guadalupe Peak, Smith Spring and El Capitan trails remain open.”
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