Guadalupe Mountains Park Fire Spreads to More Than 5,400 Acres

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QUEEN, NEW MEXICO- The fire now dubbed "Coyote Fire" continues to grow Tuesday but at a slower rate. Park officials say the wildfire has now grown to about 5400 acres. The fire started Saturday afternoon after a lightning strike.

Fire crews from the New Mexico and National Parks Service and local volunteers decided to dig bulldozer lines in an attempt to stop the fires move northward.

Dog Canyon continues to be the epicenter of the fire. Firefighters hope to deploy air water resources given a let-up in high-winds felt Monday. According to crews on scene, water flights out of Carlsbad are there best bet for Tuesday.

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.