Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Date: July 21, 2014
Contact: Karl Pierce, Public Information Officer, 915-828-3251 ext. 2300
Contact: Dog Canyon Visitor Contact Station/Ranger Station, (575) 981-2418
Contact: Pine Springs Visitor Center, (915) 828-3251 x2124

Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Frijole Ridge Fire Final Update 07/19/2014 –
1:00 PM

Frijole Ridge at Lamar Canyon, due south of historic Pratt Cabin, due west of historic Ship-On-The-Desert and due east of the Hunter-Line Cabin in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park Wilderness Area. The fire is in steep (75% – 80% slope), rocky, inaccessible terrain nea rthe top of the ridge. 

31 deg 57′ 46.2″ N, 104 deg 46′ 53.0″ W 

Report Date/Time: July 14, 2014 at approx. 12:00 PM 

Size: Estimated at 2 acres 

Fuels: Pinyon juniper and brush. 

Fire Behavior: Extinguished 

Cause: Lightning 

Est. Containment: 100% 

Resources: Incident Commander Richard Gatewood. NPS Guadalupe Mountains National Park Type 6 engine E-861 and crew, Mescalero Type3 helicopter 418 MD. USFS Engine 631 and BLM Engine 5671 were released Monday afternoon.Management of the fire was transitioned back to the park on Wednesday afternoon.The fire has been declared extinguished as of this afternoon, and all personnel are being released.

: None 

Evacuations: None 

Road Closures: None 

The fire was reported by NPS park rangers, who observed lightning in the area, then white smoke, at approximately 12:00 Noon on 07/14/2014. After aerial and ground reconnaissance, Mescalero helicopter 418 MD made bucket water drops on the fire on Monday afternoon and throughout Tuesday. Ground crews are unable to reach the fire due to its inaccessible location. However ground crews monitored the fire all week. Aerial reconnaissance on Tuesday afternoon showed most of the activity and a little smoke at the south end of the fire, soaking overnight rain on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning diminished fire activity.  The park received additional rain on Wednesday, as thunderstorms passed through the area. Management of the fire transferred back to the park Wednesday afternoon,and park firefighters continued to monitor the fire on Thursday, Friday and this morning. Additional aerial reconnaissance flights on Wednesday afternoon and again at 12:30 PM this afternoon did not reveal smoke or any fire activity and the fire has been declared extinguished. All personnel are being released.  

McKittrick Canyon, as well as the McKittrick Ridge and Wilderness Ridge backcountry campgrounds, which were closed on Tuesday, re-opened on Wednesday morning. For more information about the Frijole Ridge Fire, please call Guadalupe Mountains Public Information Officer Karl Pierce at 915-828-3251 ext. 2300. For more information on-line, see

Park information,including park conditions, closures or restrictions, weather and program information, may be found on the park's website at, on the park's Facebook page or by contacting the Pine Springs Visitor Center at (915) 828-3251 x2124. For Dog Canyon, call the Dog Canyon Visitor Contact Station/Ranger Station at (575)981-2418.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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