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Contact: Elizabeth Jackson, 915-828-3251 ext. 2300
Salt Flat, Texas - The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team and Fire Management Officer at Guadalupe Mountains National Park have assessed and determined the Coyote Fire's containment is at 100 percent. The incident's BAER team has completed its post fire assessment of the Park's infrastructure in the affected fire area.
All backcountry areas of the park will be opened for visitation and camping on Saturday, June 18. All backcountry campsites and trails in the area within the fire perimeter have been evaluated and hazards requiring immediate attention in and around trail corridors, campgrounds and backcountry administrative sites have been secured. Hazardous trees and rocks have been removed or stabilized to prevent soil erosion and abate further habitat disruption. Areas have been mitigated for health and safety threats to humans and properties nearby, but visitors to the backcountry should remain alert and report any fire activity, if discovered.
It is important to remember that fire plays a natural and important role in the Park's fire adapted ecosystem. The beneficial effects of fire, coupled with recent rains, have reduced several years of vegetative buildup of brush, logs, and dense saplings encouraging new growth on the landscape and forest floor. New grasses and vegetation have already begun to grow in Dog Canyon and The Bowl. Although some individual plants may have died due to fire activity, the resiliency of the landscape is in constant cycle of renewal and will soon return to its wilderness beauty.
The Pine Springs Visitor Center remains open Monday through Sunday with regular hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..