#CoyoteFire Still Being Battled by Firefighters

Updated 5/23/2016 2125 PDT – Monday

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

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 and Fire Managers are expecting a Type 2 IMT to assume command on Wednesday, May 24, 2016.

Currently, 150 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 working to completely contain this wildfire.

Firefighters are climbing through rugged terrain that includes grass, brush and chaparral with increasing temps.

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

The fire has consumed up to 12,718 acres and Fire crews have successfully reached a 70% containment status.

On May 22nd, high winds pushed the fire past Blush Mountain Ridge towards Guadalupe Peak and is expected to stay active this week.

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