Big Bend National Park News
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Chisos Mountain Trails to Reopen
May 21, 2021 | 7:00 am
With the 1341-acre South Rim Fire declared out over most of the Chisos Mountains, park visitors will soon be able to again enjoy many popular trails and backpacking campsites. On Monday, May 24th, trails will open for day hiking and exploration. Backpacking campsites to reopen on June 1st.
Increased Reservations for Big Bend Campgrounds
April 23, 2021 | 8:18 am
With record visitation comes increased demand for campsites. To reduce the frustration of driving all the way to Big Bend, only to find that all campground sites are full, the National Park Service will be increasing the number of Big Bend campsites available for advanced reservations online.
Chisos Basin to Reopen Friday, April 23
April 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm
With the 1341 acre South Rim Fire at 80% containment and no longer deemed a threat to developed areas, the NPS has scheduled the reopening of the park’s popular Chisos Basin area on Friday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM.
South Rim Firefighters Continue to Make Progress
April 18, 2021 | 7:00 am
Hotspots remain in Boot Canyon and Juniper Canyon areas, but the size of the South Rim Fire continues to hold at 1,341 acres with containment at 60%. Hotshot crews will demobilize today, but the Diablos will remain on the scene. Fire personnel will continue to monitor the fire area and aid with rehabilitation of damaged areas. Bucket drops by helicopter will continue as needed.
Big Bend Fire Suppression Evolves to Repair
April 17, 2021 | 8:01 am
With increased success in fire containment and no growth in fire acreage, firefighters at Big Bend National Park have changed the focus from fire suppression to rehabilitation of damaged areas and repair.
Firefighters Aided by Weather
April 16, 2021 | 8:00 am
An increase in cooler temperatures and higher humidity has significantly paused growth of the South Rim 4 fire over the past 24 hours to 1341 acres and 60% containment. Because there are no control lines in the rocky country, it will take at least several days of monitoring and “cold trailing” to check for hot spots, to increase further containment numbers.
Weather Change for the South Rim Fire
April 13, 2021 | 8:00 am
Firefighters working the South Rim Fire will be assisted today with cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and the arrival of additional resources. After burning for six days, the South Rim Fire has grown to 873 acres and extended across the summit plateau of Toll Mountain. Several fingers of active burning continue in lower Boot Canyon, Juniper Canyon, and the high ridges of Toll Mountain.
South Rim Fire Hits 860 Acres
April 12, 2021 | 9:00 am
After burning for five days, the South Rim Fire has grown to 863 acres and extended through much of the “sky island” of the high Chisos Mountains. Aerial reconnaissance observed that the fire has left a patchy mosaic of scorched, burned, slightly singed, and untouched areas across the South Rim to Emory Peak, and into the lower Boot Canyon drainage.
South Rim Fire Reaches Emory Peak
April 11, 2021 | 8:00 am
The South Rim Fire has continued to burn through the woodlands of the Chisos Mountains, creating plumes of smoke visible throughout the park. For visitor safety, the Chisos Mountains area of the park, including the road, campground, lodge, and trails will remain closed until further notice. This includes the popular Window and Lost Mine Trails.
South Rim Fire Update
April 10, 2021 | 7:00 am
Firefighters working the South Rim Fire faced strong westerly winds and red-flag fire conditions throughout the day yesterday. Weather forecasts for today show much promise. The current fire size estimate is 600 acres.