Final News Release for Crown Mountain Fire (Crown Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:05:00 -05:00

Wildfire at Big Bend National Park 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, a helitack crew, 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, nor have any injuries occurred. Fire personnel have been released and are returning to their home units. While the fire was actively burning, the nearby Glenn Springs road complex and the Chisos Mountains were closed to the public for safety reasons, and to allow fire response access to the roads and parking areas for staging crews and equipment. As of May 19, 2017, all areas have been reopened to the public. The wildfire was managed as a resource...

Wildfire at Big Bend National Park (Crown Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:17:00 -05:00

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. Initial response included Big Bend National Park fire crew members monitoring and assessing the fire. Additional fire resources were requested, including the Los Diablos fire crew, a helitack crew, five hotshot crews, and a Type 3 wildland fire team. While the fire is actively burning, the nearby Juniper Canyon trail as well as the Juniper Canyon and Pine Canyon roads and associated primitive campsites are closed. These closures are in effect for public safety. The Chisos Mountains area is also closed for logistical reasons. Wildfires are a natural occurrence, and serve as an important tool for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Fires break down organic matter and enrich the soil, as well as clear away dead and diseased vegetation. Fire management plans include strategies to protect visitor safety and park...

NEWSROOM: TEXAS AND GREAT PLAINS WILDFIRES SPURRED BY DRY, WINDY CONDITIONS (Perryton Fire Wildfire)

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:54:00 -05:00

March 7, 2017 — AMARILLO, Texas — Multiple wildfires are still burning across the Texas Panhandle following yesterday’s elevated fire conditions across the Southern Plains.Texas A&M Forest Service responded to three large fires for 325,680 acres.The Dumas Complex Fire, in Potter County near the city of Amarillo, ignited amid humidity values in the single digits and winds gusting in excess of 50 mph. The fire spread rapidly and threatened hundreds of homes. It is currently an estimated 29,197 acres and 75 percent contained. The Perryton Fire, in Ochiltree, Lipscomb and Hemphill counties is burning in grass and brush and is estimated at more than 315,135 acres. The fire moved rapidly and threatened the towns of Higgins and Glazier. Interagency firefighters were able to protect the towns by diverting the fire away from the communities. Two homes have been reported destroyed.Texas A&M Forest Service is responding to a request of assistance on wildfire in Gray County named the Lefors...

Some areas reopen today (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:17:00 -05:00

Openings: Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan Trail, Frijole Ranch, Frijole Trail, Foothill Trail, Smith Spring Trail and the Pine Springs Campgrounds are now OPEN to the public.

Backcountry areas remain closed (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:09:00 -05:00

Closures: Dog Canyon, Devil’s Hall Trail, McKittrick Canyon, remain CLOSED. All backcountry areas of the Park will remain CLOSED until further notice. The Pine Springs Visitor Center remains open with regular hours from8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Park areas remaining open are Salt Basin Dunes on the west end of the park, near Dell City,

Rains reduce fire activity and park opens trails for visitor use (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:03:00 -05:00

Rains reduce fire activity and park opens trails for visitor useAcres: 14,442Total Personnel: 30Incident Commander: Jay Yancick (Type 4IC)Containment: 70%Start Date: May 7, 2016Cause: LightningLocation: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NMFuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Salt Flat, Texas – Rains, low winds and high humidity assisted with reduced fire activity at Guadalupe Mountains National Park yesterday. The Coyote Fire is at 70% containment and the Park will OPEN Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan Trail, Frijole Ranch, Frijole Trail, Foothill Trail, Smith Spring Trail, and the Pine Springs Campgrounds today for public use.“The fire crews working the Coyote Fire have done an outstanding job containing this fire, maintaining a high level of safety and protecting our park resources,” said Superintendent Eric Brunnemann. “We are pleased to be able to open the front country trails for public use today and look forward to visitors returning this weekend to hike and...

Fire crews assess and begin hazard mitigations for reopening (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 17:28:00 -05:00

COYOTE FIRE UPDATEMonday 06/1/2016 – 1600Fire crews assess and begin trail mitigation in the backcountry to prepare for reopeningAcres: 14,442 Start Date: May 7, 2016Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NMContainment: 50% Fuels/Topography: Timber/grass/chaparral, rugged terrainTotal personnel: 30Fire crews continue to monitor fire activity and are working to reopen areas of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is currently engaged in evaluating and mitigating hazardous trees, vegetation, and rockfalls in campsites and along trail areas in preparation for reopening trails, campgrounds, and areas of the backcountry impacted by the Coyote Fire. Mitigation efforts will begin in the Dog Canyon area, where fire activity has ceased. Tejas, Marcus, and Bush Mountain trails, as well as slopes along Blue Ridge received low intensity fire activity which will aid long term ecological benefits to the landscape. The remnants of an old...

Closures remain in effect (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 17:15:00 -05:00

Closures: Dog Canyon, Devil’s Hall Trail, Frijole Trail, Foothill Trail, Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Smith Spring Trail and the Pine Springs Campground remain CLOSED. All backcountry areas of the Park will remain CLOSED until further notice. The Pine Springs Visitor Center remains open with regular hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Park areas remaining open are Salt Basin Dunes on the west end of the park, near Dell City,

Transition to a Type 4 Organization Begins Today (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Mon, 30 May 2016 11:52:00 -05:00

COYOTE FIRE UPDATE 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...

Coyote Fire Shows Minimal Growth Overnight (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Sun, 29 May 2016 11:28:00 -05:00

COYOTE FIRE UPDATE Sunday 05/29/2016 – 10 AM Coyote Fire Shows Minimal Growth Overnight Acres: 14,430 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 70% Fuels/Topography: Timber/grass/chaparral, rugged terrain, Total personnel: 192 steep canyons. Today’s Actions: The fire showed minimal growth over night and fire crews will continue to monitor it throughout the day. Fire managers are assessing resource needs for the upcoming weeks in anticipation of moving to a Type 3 Team. Command of the fire will be transferred Tuesday morning. Incident Commander John Montoya and his Type 3 team will arrive tomorrow and shadow fire managers to ensure a smooth transition. Yesterday’s Actions: Fire crews continued with assessing structural and infrastructure protection needs in the areas surrounding the fire. As part of that assessment, crews fortified Ship of the Desert with water sprinkler systems to protect the culturally historical...

U.S. Representative Will Hurd, 23rd Congressional District of Texas, Visits (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Sat, 28 May 2016 09:14:00 -05:00

COYOTE FIRE UPDATE Saturday 05/28/2016 – 9 AM U.S. Representative Will Hurd, 23rd Congressional District of Texas, Visits Coyote Fire Acres: 14,351 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 50% Fuels/Topography: Timber/grass/chaparral, rugged terrain, steep canyons. Total personnel: 219 Today’s Actions: Fire behavior was minimal over the last 24 hours, with the fire continuing to smolder in the larger fuels. Crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the day and be on standby if fire activity increases. Yesterday’s Actions: U.S. Representative Will Hurd, 23rd Congressional District of Texas, met with Incident Commander Rich Nieto and Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GMNP) Superintendent Eric Brunnemann yesterday to talk about the Coyote Fire. The group discussed a variety of topics including fire management, Incident Command Structure (ICS) and past and future fire operations. The visit concluded...

Majority of Guadalupe Mountains NP Remains Closed for Memorial Day Holiday (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Fri, 27 May 2016 12:42:00 -05:00

COYOTE FIRE UPDATE Wednesday 05/27/2016 – 9 AM Majority of Guadalupe Mountains NP Remains Closed for Memorial Day Holiday Acres: 14,365 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 70% Fuels/Topography: Timber/grass/chaparral, rugged terrain, Total personnel: 278 steep canyons. To ensure firefighter and public safety, officials from the Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GMNP) and the Southwest Incident Management Team 5 (SWIMT5) would like to remind the public that closure orders 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. Today’s Actions: Fire personnel will continue scouting trails and roads for use as contingency lines. Structural protection crews will resume...

Southwest Incident Management Team 5 Assumes Command of the Coyote (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:11:00 -05:00

COYOTE FIRE UPDATE Wednesday 05/26/2016 – 9 AM Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 (IMT5) Assumes Command of the Coyote Fire. Acres: 14,351 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 70% Fuels/Topography: Timber/grass/chaparral, rugged terrain, Total personnel: 307 steep canyons. Today’s Actions: Red flag weather conditions of high winds and low humidity are forecasted for the next few days. Rough terrain and steep canyons combined with high winds have fire managers increasing their focus on risk management, fire fighter and public safety, and the protection of the values at risk around the fire. As crews wait for calmer winds, the priority will be surveying the area and assessing structural and infrastructure protection needs. Yesterday’s Actions: Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 (IMT5) assumed command of the Coyote Fire at 9 p.m. Crews worked thoroughout the day strenghening the south and west...

Coyote Fire Steps Up to Type 2 Incident Command (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Wed, 25 May 2016 15:20:00 -05:00

Acres: 13,592 Total Personnel: 136Containment: 70% Start Date: May 7, 2016Cause: LightningLocation: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NMFuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrainSalt Flat, Texas – The Coyote Fire has continued to spread along Frijole Ridge and cross over the southwest area of Bush Mountain in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Fire lines are being maintained on the South and West perimeter. Earlier fire objectives set by the Park have been met and incoming Type 2 Incident Team will focus on active suppression efforts. Continued high winds and low humidity contribute to fire activity. It is expected that fire will remain active and will continue to creep within the Bowl area of the Park and along south McKittrick Canyon due to abundant fuel sources of grass, brush and timber. Smoke continues to be visible along US 62/180 and in Pine Springs area of the park. Firefighters remain focused on keeping fire south of New Mexico state line and west of McKittrick Canyon...

May 23 Updated Coyote Fire Closures (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Mon, 23 May 2016 17:53:00 -05:00

Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Smith Spring Trail and the Pine Springs campground, are now CLOSED due to extreme smoke in these areas of the park. The Pine Springs Visitor Center remains open with regular hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Crews remain vigilant in their duties both on the fire and off. The public is reminded that there are still inherent dangers regarding the Coyote Fire, and to be alert to changing area restrictions. It is also important to watch for fire vehicles and practice caution while passing. Closures: Dog Canyon, Devil’s Hall Trail, Frijole Trail, Foothill Trail remain CLOSED. Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Smith Spring Trail and the Pine Springs Campground are now CLOSED. All backcountry areas of the Park will remain CLOSED until further notice. Park areas remaining open are Salt Basin Dunes on the west end of the park, near Dell City,

Firefighters continue to battle Coyote Fire (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Mon, 23 May 2016 17:05:00 -05:00

Acres: 12,718 Total Personnel: Increase from 60 to 150 Containment: 70% Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Salt Flat, Texas – Yesterday, high winds pushed fire further past Bush Mountain ridge toward Guadalupe Peak. Fire is expected to remain active in this area. Smoke is anticipated to be thick and remain low and visible along US 62/180 and in Pine Springs area of the park. Due to continued high winds today and tomorrow, and increased fire activity toward the east, a Type 2 Incident Management team will arrive tomorrow to increase fire personnel on the ground. Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Smith Spring Trail and the Pine Springs campground, are now CLOSED due to extreme smoke in these areas of the park. The Pine Springs Visitor Center remains open with regular hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Crews remain vigilant in their duties both on the fire and...

Pecos Team 3 transfers to Type 4 team (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Sat, 21 May 2016 11:07:00 -05:00

The transition from the Pecos Type 3 Team to the Type 4 Team was this morning at the 0600 briefing. The team, led by Rob Winkler, will remain on the incident until further notice. Closeout for the Pecos Type 3 Team will be held 1300 at the Permian Basin Regional Training Center/Eddy County Fire Service. Due to light fire activity near Bush Mountain, the Smokey Bear Hot Shots have been ordered, to arrive at 10 am this morning, to assist in mitigation and monitoring. With higher winds and lower relative humidity, it is unclear whether the flying and firing processes will be performed today. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, is encouraging its visitors to enjoy the Park lands, but to enjoy them responsibly. Pay attention to all restrictions that are in place. Continue to be aware of firefighters, their vehicles and equipment. For additional information, contact the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Information Officer Elizabeth...

Coyote Fire Update: Light, steady rains hamper fire growth (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Wed, 18 May 2016 15:19:00 -05:00

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...

Cooler temperatures slow fire growth (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Tue, 17 May 2016 14:45:00 -05:00

Cooler temperatures slow fire growthTuesday, May 17, 2016 Fire: Coyote FireTotal Personnel: 170Acres: 11,820 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 30% Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Yesterday: Red flag weather conditions, including strong winds and low humilities, were in effect over the fire area. Crews continued to monitor the fire for any wind driven flare-ups. Some interior smoldering continued, and produced light, visible smoke.Today: Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and chance of rain will work favorably for firefighters today. Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire and begin rehabilitation work on trails and other areas as necessary.“Our goal through this transition is to maintain firefighter and public safety while continuing to accomplish the objectives set forth by Southwest Incident Management Team # 3,” said Tim Memmer, Incident Commander 3 Trainee. “We will continue to hold and...

Red flag weather conditions; active monitoring continues (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Mon, 16 May 2016 14:42:00 -05:00

Monday May 16, 2016 Fire: Coyote Fire Total Personnel: 211 Acres: 11,820 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 30% Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Yesterday: There was limited new growth on the fire yesterday. However, fire managers continued to actively monitor the fire as some heat remained in interior pockets of unburned forest debris and brush. Today: Red flag weather conditions, including strong winds and low humidities, are predicted to develop over the fire area today. Crews will continue to monitor the fire for any wind driven flare-ups. Some interior smoldering is likely to continue, producing light, visible smoke. "Although there was limited growth yesterday, we will remain vigilant," said Eric Brunnemann, Superintendent of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. "This is still an active fire area and may remain so for some time." Closures: Dog Canyon, Devil's Hall Trail, Frijole Trail,...

Wetting rains slow fire growth (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Sun, 15 May 2016 13:29:00 -05:00

Wetting rains slow fire growth Sunday May 15, 2016 Fire: Coyote Fire Total Personnel: 346Acres: 10,939 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 30% Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Yesterday: Wetting rains fell over much of the fire area yesterday resulting in mostly smoldering and creeping fire behavior. Crews reported little new fire growth. The fire is currently 10,939 acres based on more accurate mapping. Today: Crews will continue to actively monitor the fire as weather safely allows. Fire managers anticipate little new fire growth during the day with continued sporadic rain showers and thunderstorms over much of the fire area. "Fire behavior has allowed us time to make good decisions and meet the Park’s goals," said Alan Sinclair, Incident Commander. "I am very happy that we were able to take advantage of the weather conditions over the last two days to introduce fire into areas of the Park that...

Ignitions protect cabins; increase forest sustainability (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Sat, 14 May 2016 15:55:00 -05:00

Saturday May 14, 2016 Fire: Coyote Fire Total Personnel: 332 Acres: 12,500 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 30% Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Yesterday: Fire managers took advantage of highly favorable weather conditions to conduct hand ignitions around Pinetop and Bowl Cabins as well as a weather station in the Park. These ignitions reduced dried grasses and other flammable material from around these structures. Crews also conducted approximately 2,500 acres of aerial ignitions, placing low-intensity fire along the ridge tops from Bush Mountain east toward Hunter Peak. “Interior ignitions will help us have a healthier, more sustainable forest,” said John Montoya, Fire Management Officer for the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. “Our white pine and conifer forests historically experienced fire every nine to sixteen years. However, much of the forest surrounding The Bowl had not...

Weather slows fire growth; protection work continues (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Fri, 13 May 2016 11:51:00 -05:00

Fire: Coyote Fire Total Personnel: 375Acres: 10,000 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 30% Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Yesterday: Cooler temperatures and higher humidities limited natural fire spread to 200 new acres. Firefighters conducted a quarter-mile long burnout operation near the head of Dog Canyon to strengthen a fire perimeter line protecting private lands near the New Mexico state line. Crews continued to assess protection needs for cabins, trails, and other infrastructure within the park. Today: Firefighters will complete fire-resistant wrapping of the Pinetop and Bowl Cabins ahead future fire growth to the south and east. Fire managers anticipate limited new fire growth due to continued moisture over the fire area. Pending favorable conditions, crews may conduct a small, two mile burnout operation to remove burnable material near a communication tower and weather station within the...

Cold front to slow fire growth (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Thu, 12 May 2016 15:00:00 -05:00

Fire: Coyote Fire Total Personnel: 243Acres: 9,800 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 30% Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Yesterday: The fire grew by approximately 800 acres with active, healthy spread to the south and east within the Park. Firefighters reported primarily low intensity fire behavior that will release nutrients for trees and other vegetation as well as remove non-native species that compete with native species. Crews continued to patrol and mop-up the northern fire perimeter line near the New Mexico state boarder. Today: Firefighters will continue to work in the McKittrick Canyon area to protect historic cabins within the Park. The cold front will likely slow new fire growth due to lower temperatures and higher humidities. However, developing east winds may allow for some additional natural fire spread near Bush Mountain. “We want to ensure that this fire is doing the right thing for...

New fire growth to benefit Park ecosystem (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Wed, 11 May 2016 12:38:00 -05:00

Wednesday May 11, 2016 Fire: Coyote Fire Total Personnel: 215Acres: 9,000 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 30% Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Yesterday: For the third consecutive day, high winds pushed the fire through dried grasses and brush. The fire grew to approximately 9,000 acres with the most active fire spread to the south and east along the Bush Mountain ridge. Crews continued to actively patrol the fire perimeter line to the north along the New Mexico state line. Additional containment lines were built near Dog Tank to limit potential future spread to private lands in this area. Today: The fire is expected to continue very active natural and healthy spread to the south and east within the borders of the Park. As a 100 percent fire adapted landscape, fire is an essential tool to maintain the ecosystem's stability and diversity. Fire managers will continue to assess the potential for natural...

Wildfire continues at Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Tue, 10 May 2016 14:14:00 -05:00

Salt Flat, Texas – The Coyote Fire continues burning in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The fire has now spread to over 8205 acres and has advanced into New Mexico burning at least 243 acres of state lands. In addition, 142 acres of private lands, and 14 acres within Bureau of Land Management lands have burned. No buildings, dwellings or structures have been affected by the fire. Acres affected: Estimated at 8205 acres State of New Mexico 243 acres Private 142 acres US Bureau of Land Management 14 acres National Parks 7806 acres Cause: Lightning Location: Near Coyote Peak in the northwest corner of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Spread to slopes and back country through southeast acreage of the park. Percent Contained: 30% Detected: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:30 p.m. Personnel: 6 Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 5 Type 6 Engines, and 2 Fuels Tender, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, and Miscellaneous Overhead from Tom Barta’s Pecos Zone 3 Incident Management Team. Total personnel: 165...

Coyote Closure Update 5/9/2016 (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Mon, 09 May 2016 18:40:00 -05:00

CLOSURE UPDATE: Dog Canyon and all back country areas of the park are CLOSED due to fire activity. Closures will be in place until further notice. Park areas remaining open are Guadalupe Peak Trail, Devil’s Hall Trail and Smith Springs Trail. 5/9/16 @ 1:28 pm.Please check our website for updates: https://www.nps.gov/gumo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm and the Coyote Fire incident page for more details:

Wildfire spreads at Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Mon, 09 May 2016 14:49:00 -05:00

Salt Flat, Texas – The Coyote Peak wildfire burning in Guadalupe Mountains National Park reported Sunday, May 8 has grown to over 4500 acres and has advanced into New Mexico and is now on to State and private lands. No buildings, dwellings or structures have been affected by the fire. High winds continue to push fire north and east with active uphill runs through timber and brush. Acres: Estimated at 4500 acres Cause: Lightning Location: Near Coyote Peak in the northwest corner of Guadalupe Mountains National Park at Detected: Sunday, May 8 20161:30 p.m. Personnel: 3 Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 2 more are en route, 7 Type 6 Engines, and 2 Fuels Tender, Miscellaneous Overhead from Tom Barta’s Pecos Zone 3 Incident Management Team. Total personnel: 172 High winds pushed the fire north and east across the park toward Texas and New Mexico state line. The forecast calls for continued high winds over the next 48 hours. Initial fire suppression attack on Saturday afternoon by...

Backcountry Closures Expanded Due to Fire Activity (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Sun, 08 May 2016 19:33:00 -05:00

CLOSURES UPDATE: More trails in the backcountry are now closed due to increased fire activity - 5/8/16 @ 5:22 pm The following trails are now CLOSED: Bush Mountain, Blue Ridge, Marcus, Tejas (from Dog Canyon to McKittrick Ridge junction) and McKittrick Ridge Trail. The Bowl Trail loop, Juniper Trail, Bear Canyon, and the stretch of Tejas beginning at the Pine Springs Trailhead will remain open. This includes Guadalupe Peak and all lower elevation hikes. Please check our website for updates:

May 8 Coyote Fire PM Update (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Sun, 08 May 2016 19:00:00 -05:00

Salt Flat, Texas – A lightning ignited fire was discovered near Coyote Peak in the northwest corner of Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. As of Sunday afternoon, May 8, the Coyote Peak fire is estimated to have burned approximately 3000 acres. High winds are pushing the fire north and east across the park approaching Texas and New Mexico state line. The forecast calls for high winds over the next 72 hours. A lead plane, three heavy air tankers and a helicopter worked the fire in the morning until high winds forced them to land for the day. Tom Barta’s Pecos Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team and three of the nation’s elite Hotshot crews are assigned to the fire. The current suppression strategy is focused on securing the northern perimeter. The incident command post will be in Queen, New Mexico. Updates will be available on the Fire Incident Information System at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4719/. Park closures due to fire include Dog...

Interactive Fire Map (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Sun, 08 May 2016 16:22:00 -05:00

To view an interactive map of the fire, visit the Fire Enterprise Geospatial Portal (EGP) at https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa. Click on the icons on the left to select the layers you want to view. Recommended layers include Active Incidents, Satellite Fire Detections, and Active Fire Perimeters. MODIS satellite fire detection data representing heat sensed by satellite is updated several times throughout the day, providing near real-time information. Each 1 km MODIS fire detection is depicted as a point representing the centroid of the 1 km pixel where the fire is detected. They are categorized by time of detection; last 6, 12 and 24 hours, and all detections previous within the last 24 hour period. The MODIS data represents heat, but sometimes can be misleading as it may pick up heat from a smoke column, etc. outside the fire’s perimeter. However it can help provide a sense of where the fire is most active throughout the day. MODIS Fire Detection data is also available in Google Earth at...

Coyote Fire Closures in Dog Canyon Area (Coyote Fire Wildfire)

Sun, 08 May 2016 15:25:00 -05:00

Effective May 8, the Dog Canyon area is closed due to active fire activity. The following trails out of the Dog Canyon trailhead are closed until further notice: Bush Mountain to the Blue Ridge junction, Blue Ridge to Tejas junction, Tejas to McKittrick Ridge junction, and the Marcus trail. Updates will be continuously posted on the park's website:

Road Closure Status (Hidden Pines Wildfire)

Sun, 18 Oct 2015 13:58:00 -05:00

Road Closures Roads Which Were Evacuated Ann Powell KLBJ Rd. Tall Pines Rd. Turkey Trot Rd. Park Hill Farms Rd Park Rd 1C from Old Antioch to KLBJ and Old Antioch Rd from Park Rd 1C to Turkey Trot Raven Rd. Kellar Rd. Turkey Roost Rd. Powell Rd Spring Hollow Trail Long Trl. Agget Rd Rolling Pines Dr. Pine Bark Dr Broken Tree Ln. Pine Needle Ln. Kingdom Path O’Grady Rd. Cottletown from O’Grady to Kingdom Path Hudson Dr. Phoenix Dr. Lonesome Dove Rd. Abby Ln. Felix Dr. Falling Tree Ln. Hudson Dr. Extended PR 1C Extended down Cottletown Gotier Trace from Cottletown to Alum Creek Pine Park Lonesome Dove Abbey Ln. Gotier Trace Pine Park Alum Creek from PR 1C to Gotier Trace Alum Creek East Lifted Evacuations Starting at 10:30 a.m. on 10/18/15 areas north of the fire zone will be opened (see below). You may not drive through the fire zone to return to this addresses, another route must to taken. s have been pushed back to · 720-900 Gotier Trace Rd · 100-200 Antioch Rd · 700-800...

March 13 Will be the Final Day of Prescribed Fire Operations (Lake Meredith Prescribed Fires Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:40:00 -05:00

Fire managers plan to burn pockets of unburned vegetation within the interior of the Mullinaw burn unit on the south end of Lake Meredith today, March 13. Some fire activity is expected to continue within the interior of the burn units previously treated. Fire managers will continue to monitor and patrol recently burned areas. The Mullinaw Creek Campground, access road, and trail are now open. The road to the Bugbee Campground will remain temporarily closed today, March 13, for public safety. The area is expected to reopen tomorrow, March 14, 2015. Approximate Acres Accomplished to Date in 2015: 4,486 acres· South Canyon Unit (620 acres)· Cedar Canyon Unit (82 acres)· Sanford-Yake Unit (428 acres)· Alibates Flint Quarries Unit (3 acres)· Mullinaw Crossing Unit (586 acres)· Water Authority (125 acres)· Stilling Basin (approximately 200 acres)· Spring Canyon (670 acres)· Triangle (162 acres)· North Canyon (1,610

Prescribed fire operations will continue at Lake Meredith today (Lake Meredith Prescribed Fires Prescribed Fire)

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:04:00 -05:00

Yesterday’s Accomplishments: Yesterday, March 11, fire managers started a prescribed burn in the North Canyon Burn Unit (1,610 acres). They conducted blackline operations, by burning along the perimeter of the burn unit, and conducted some interior ignitions.Plan for Today: Today, March 12, firefighters plan to continue prescribed burning within the interior of the North Canyon burn unit. Fire managers also plan to continue interior ignitions within pockets of unburned vegetation in other burn units previously treated at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Burning will begin mid-day and may continue throughout the evening. Closures: The closure of Mullinaw Creek Campground, access road, and trail will remain in effect. The road to the Bugbee Campground is also temporarily closed. These temporarily closures are for public safety. Fire managers are still working in these areas and assessing them for safety. These areas may reopen in the next few days. Safety Message: Temporary...

Expect Smoke on Roadways Near Sanford Dam Tonight (Lake Meredith Prescribed Fires Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:31:00 -05:00

Expect to see active fire within the perimeter of the North Canyon Burn Unit throught the night. Smoke may be present in and around the burn unit. Expect smoke to impact FM 3395, FM 687 and FM 1319 on the north side of Sanford Dam. Slow down and use caution in areas of smoke. Use low-beam headlights when in smoky

Prescribed Burning Today at Lake Meredith North of the Dam (Lake Meredith Prescribed Fires Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:31:00 -05:00

Yesterday’s Accomplishments: Yesterday, March 10, fire managers completed prescribed burns in the Stilling Basin burn unit (approximately 57 acres), the Spring Canyon burn unit (670 acres), and the Triangle burn unit (162 acres). Plan for Today: Today, March 11, firefighters plan to continue prescribed burning at the North end of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in the North Canyon (1,610 acres) burn unit. Burning will begin mid-morning and may continue throughout the evening. Closures: The Mullinaw Creek Campground, access road, and trail will remain temporarily closed for public safety. This area will be assessed for safety today and may reopen this afternoon or tomorrow. The road to the Bugbee Campground may be temporarily closed today if needed. Safety Message: Temporary delays and pilot car escorts may be possible along FM 1319, FM 687, and FM 3395, in the vicinity of the burn, near the Sanford-Yake Dam. If you are traveling in the area, please proceed with caution...

Prescribed Burning to Continue March 10 at the North end of Lake Meredith (Lake Meredith Prescribed Fires Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:38:00 -05:00

Yesterday’s Accomplishments: Yesterday, March 9, fire managers conducted prescribed burning in the Water Authority burn unit (125 acres), and the southern end of the Stilling Basin burn unit (approximately 150 acres).Plan for Today: Today, March 10, firefighters plan to continue prescribed burns at the North end of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in the Stilling Basin burn unit (approximately 57 acres), the Spring Canyon burn unit (670 acres), and possibly the Fire Triangle burn unit (162 acres). Burning will begin mid-morning and may continue throughout the evening. Closures: The Mullinaw Creek Campground, access road, and trail will remain temporarily closed for public safety. This area is tentatively anticipated to reopen on March 11. Additional areas of the park may be temporarily closed throughout the week of March 8 as needed, including the Stilling Basin Road.Safety Message: Temporary delays and pilot car escorts may be possible along FM 1319, FM 687, and FM 3395, in...

Prescribed Burning Planned March 9 At the North end of Lake Meredith (Lake Meredith Prescribed Fires Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 08:24:00 -05:00

Yesterday’s Accomplishments: Yesterday, March 8, fire managers finished burning the Mullinaw Crossing burn unit at the South end of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Plan for Today: Today, March 9, firefighters plan to conduct prescribed burns at the North end of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in the Water Authority (125 acres) burn unit. Fire managers may also burn the Stilling Basin (207 acres) burn unit if time allows. Burning will begin mid-day and may continue throughout the evening. Closures: The Mullinaw Creek Campground, access road, and trail will remain temporarily closed temporarily for public safety. This area is tentatively anticipated to reopen on March 11. Additional areas of the park may be temporarily closed throughout the week of March 8 as needed, including the Stilling Basin Road. Safety Message: Temporary delays and may be possible along FM 1319 in the vicinity of the burn, near the Sanford-Yake Dam. If you are traveling in the vicinity of the...

Prescribed Burning Planned March 8 At Mullinaw Crossing (Lake Meredith Prescribed Fires Prescribed Fire)

Sun, 08 Mar 2015 10:12:00 -05:00

Fire managers plan to burn approximately 80 acres at the South end of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in the Mullinaw Crossing burn unit today, March 8. The burn will begin mid-day and may continue throughout the evening. The Mulliaw Creek Campground, access road, and trail will be closed temporarily for public safety. The area is tentatively anticipated to reopen on March 11. The forecast is for west winds, becoming northwest in the afternoon, which are expected to move smoke to the east and southeast. While smoke will be present in the vicinity during burning, it is generally expected to settle over Lake Meredith. If you are traveling in the vicinity of the burn, please proceed with caution when smoke is present by slowing down, turning your headlights on, and watching for firefighters working along the road. Fire managers plan to continue prescribed burns at the North end of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in the areas of: North Canyon (1,610 acres), Triangle (162...

Prescribed burns at Lake Meredith NRA to continue (Lake Meredith Prescribed Fires Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:50:00 -05:00

FRITCH, TX – Fire managers plan to continue prescribed burns at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area beginning the week of March 8, 2015. Multiple prescribed burns are planned totaling approximately 2,850 acres. Prescribed burning will occur at the North end of the park in the areas of: North Canyon (1,610 acres), Triangle (162 acres), Spring Canyon (670 acres), the Stilling Basin (207 acres), Water Authority (125 acres), and at the South end of the park in the area of Mullinaw Crossing (80 acres). Burning is expected to be completed by March 31, 2015. Firefighters will only conduct prescribed fires when conditions are conducive to burning safely, taking into consideration such factors as weather, fuel (vegetation) moisture and availability of firefighters and equipment. Fire managers previously treated approximately 1,632 acres in February 2015 including the South Canyon Unit (620 acres), Cedar Canyon Unit (82 acres), Sanford-Yake Unit (428 acres), Alibates Flint Quarries Unit (2...

PRESCRIBED FIRE PLANNED FOR LAKE MEREDITH NATIONAL RECREATION AREA (Lake Meredith Prescribed Fires Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:39:00 -05:00

FRITCH, TX – Lake Meredith National Recreation Area will conduct multiple prescribed burns at the North end of the park in the areas of: North Canyon, Spring Canyon, the Stilling Basin, Water Authority, South Canyon, Sanford Yake, and Cedar Canyon (totaling 3970 acres) and at the South end in the areas of Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and Mullinaw Crossing (totaling 535 acres) between the dates of February 19 and March 31, 2015. Fire managers plan to begin burning in the Mullinaw Crossing area this Thursday and Friday prior to the sand drag event. They will then move on to Chickasaw National Recreation Area to complete some prescribed fire projects prior to returning to Lake Meredith the week of March 2. Firefighters conduct prescribed fires only when conditions are conducive to safely burning, taking into consideration such factors as weather, fuel (vegetation) moisture and resource availability. The purpose of the prescribed burns is to reduce hazardous fuels in the...

Livermore Ranch Complex Update (Livermore Ranch Wildfire)

Mon, 07 May 2012 08:05:00 -05:00

Fire Update: The Livermore Fire Complex is composed of two fires: Livermore Ranch and Spring Mountain This will be the last update issued for the Livermore Ranch Complex unless something unexpected happens. Management of the fire will transition solely back to local authorities at the end of today. Great progress has been made over the past 24 hours and the Livermore Ranch Complex fires are both now 90 percent contained. Firefighters continue to be released to go home. Over half of the firefighters left on Saturday and those remaining will be leaving today after transitioning over to local firefighters. Texas Forest Serviceand local firefighters will remain until the fire is completely out. During the fire, no structures have been destroyed and currently no evacuations are in effect. Today firefighters are patrolling and monitoring the control lines in addition to putting in contingency lines on the Livermore Ranch fire. An engine crew was dispatched early this morning to address a...

Local teens help firefighters get information (Livermore Ranch Wildfire)

Sat, 05 May 2012 10:27:00 -05:00

Local Teenagers help Firefighters get Information to the community Firefighters were thrilled to have Cody Womack's students from Fort Davis High School pitch in to help get current fire information out into the local community. The Southern Area Incident Management Team (Team)needed 6 large bulletin boards built and Mr. Womack and his students stepped up to provide the labor and skills to construct them. Mr. Womack had students from all 6 of his classes help the effort. "When the team gets to a fire we immediately run what we call a trap line," said Bobby Kitchens, Public Information Officer for the Team. "This often requires us to visit to community businesses daily and use bulletin boards to post regular updates, maps, pictures, and any other information that will help residents keep informed about a fire in their area." John Wall, another Team member on the fire, from College Station Texas, was tasked to provide those bulletin boards quickly. He came up with the idea of getting...

Evacuation order lifted (Livermore Ranch Wildfire)

Thu, 03 May 2012 18:53:00 -05:00

Jeff Davis County Judge George Grubb lifted the evacuation order for Davis Mountain resort on Thursday evening, effective at 7 p.m. Due to significant progress made today in building fireline along the southern boundary of the Livermore Ranch fire, the interagency team managing the effort has agreed that the fire is no longer a threat to the area.Residents are encouraged to use caution while driving as they re-enter the area due to increased traffic from the remaining large firefighting vehicles still working in the area. Residents also are encouraged to drive with headlights on, as heavy dust in the area has reduced visibility. Fire Information: Phone (432) 426-3900http://www.inciweb.org/, livermoreranchfire@gmail.com

Livermore Ranch Fire Update (Livermore Ranch Wildfire)

Thu, 03 May 2012 11:43:00 -05:00

Livermore Ranch Complex UpdateThursday, May 3, 2012 - 11:30 a.m.Fire Information: Phone (432) 426-3900, http://www.inciweb.org/, livermoreranchfire@gmail.com Fire Update: The Livermore Fire Complex is composed of two fires: Livermore Ranch and Spring Mountain. Ten hotshot crews and one Type 2 crew aggressively attacked the Livermore Ranch Fire yesterday with support from numerous aircraft. No structures have been destroyed. The fire is less than a mile away from the closest structure in the Davis Mountain Resort, but is not making any rapid runs toward the community. The crews successfully completed building fireline in a critical area near the Davis Mountain Resort. "Yesterday was a banner day," said Jim Durrwachter, operations section chief with the Southern Area Red Team, during a Thursday morning briefing. "Now we just need to hold it." Firefighters returned to the blaze this morning to continue building containment line and ensure that the fire holds in place. The Spring Mountain...

Livermore Ranch Fire Update (Spring Mountain Wildfire)

Thu, 03 May 2012 11:40:00 -05:00

Livermore Ranch Complex UpdateThursday, May 3, 2012 - 11:30 a.m.Fire Information: Phone (432) 426-3900, http://www.inciweb.org/, livermoreranchfire@gmail.com Fire Update: The Livermore Fire Complex is composed of two fires: Livermore Ranch and Spring Mountain. Ten hotshot crews and one Type 2 crew aggressively attacked the Livermore Ranch Fire yesterday with support from numerous aircraft. No structures have been destroyed. The fire is less than a mile away from the closest structure in the Davis Mountain Resort, but is not making any rapid runs toward the community. The crews successfully completed building fireline in a critical area near the Davis Mountain Resort. "Yesterday was a banner day," said Jim Durrwachter, operations section chief with the Southern Area Red Team, during a Thursday morning briefing. "Now we just need to hold it." Firefighters returned to the blaze this morning to continue building containment line and ensure that the fire holds in place. The Spring Mountain...

Wildfire preparedness seminar set for Thursday at McDonald Observatory (Spring Mountain Wildfire)

Wed, 02 May 2012 17:34:00 -05:00

FORT DAVIS, Texas - Jeff Davis County residents interested in learning how to protect themselves from wildfire are invited to a Wildfire Preparedness Seminar.The meeting is set at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the McDonald Observatory Fire Station, 200 Lunar Circle, Fort Davis. Representatives from the Texas Forest Service will be on hand to talk about the wildfire outlook for 2012 and what residents can do to protect their home, property and family from the devastation of wildfire. Residents will be introduced to the Ready, Set, Go! personal wildfire action plan. The plan provides checklists for families to work through so there is a clear understanding of what to do when a fire breaks out. McDonald Observatory is a recognized Firewise Community USA and has taken many proactive steps to reduce the risk of loss during a wildfire, including structure hardening and creating fire breaks throughout the property. This proactive approach will be showcased and discussed during the meeting along...

Wildfire preparedness seminar set for Thursday night at McDonald Observator (Livermore Ranch Wildfire)

Wed, 02 May 2012 17:32:00 -05:00

FORT DAVIS, Texas - Jeff Davis County residents interested in learning how to protect themselves from wildfire are invited to a Wildfire Preparedness Seminar.The meeting is set at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the McDonald Observatory Fire Station, 200 Lunar Circle, Fort Davis. Representatives from the Texas Forest Service will be on hand to talk about the wildfire outlook for 2012 and what residents can do to protect their home, property and family from the devastation of wildfire. Residents will be introduced to the Ready, Set, Go! personal wildfire action plan. The plan provides checklists for families to work through so there is a clear understanding of what to do when a fire breaks out. McDonald Observatory is a recognized Firewise Community USA and has taken many proactive steps to reduce the risk of loss during a wildfire, including structure hardening and creating fire breaks throughout the property. This proactive approach will be showcased and discussed during the meeting along...

Livermore Ranch Complex Fire Update (Spring Mountain Wildfire)

Wed, 02 May 2012 13:05:00 -05:00

Livermore Ranch Complex UpdateWednesday, May 2, 2012 - 1 p.m.Fire Information: Phone (432) 426-3900, http://www.inciweb.org/, livermoreranchfire@gmail.com Fire Update: The Livermore Fire Complex is composed of two fires: Livermore Ranch and Spring Mountain. The Livermore Ranch Fire continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain. Crews worked the fire until late last night and resumed building containment line early this morning. The fire is less than a mile away from the closest structure in the Davis Mountain Resort. Winds associated with afternoon thunderstorm activity are making the firelines difficult to hold. Protecting structures and ensuring safety is a priority for those assigned to the fire."We're going to do everything we humanly, safely can do to protect those homes and residents," Southern Area Red Team Incident Commander Tony Wilder said. The Spring Mountain Fire remains lightly staffed and did not move outside its boundary yesterday. There are a few hot spots in the interior...