Crews Make Progress on Whiskey Fire

Crews made progress securing fire lines around the Whiskey Fire near Lost Woman Crater in El Malpais National Monument. The fire was started by a lightning strike on July 18 and has burned approximately 850 acres. Of that total, 632 acres are on National Park Service (NPS) lands and 218 acres are on Bureau of […]

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Lincoln National Forest – Prescribed Fire Activities Planned in Ruidoso/Capitan areas (7/25-7/30) HAVE BEEN POSTPONED

Lincoln National Forest – Smokey Bear Ranger District – Ruidoso and Capitan areas Prescribed Fire Update – 7/28/14 – 8:00  am —- IGNITIONS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED FOR THIS WEEK (7/28-7/30). The Ruidoso area received precipitation this morning and more is forecasted through the week, therefore, fire managers have postponed ignitions on the prescribed fire units (see list below). […]

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The Whiskey Fire continues near Lost Woman Crater

Fire crews from the National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service continue to monitor a fire in El Malpais National Monument. The Whiskey Fire was started by lightning on Friday, July 18, 2014 and is located about a half mile northeast of Lost Woman Crater. The fire has grown to approximately 300 acres in […]

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Crews Monitor Lightning-Caused Fire Near Lost Woman Crater

A lightning strike started a fire that was discovered on Friday, July 18, 2014 by the lookout at Oso Ridge. The Whiskey Fire is located about a half mile northeast of Lost Woman Crater in El Malpais National Monument. As of July 19, the fire is approximately 52 acres in size, and is burning in […]

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Lincoln National Forest – Tiny Prescribed Fire Project – IGNITIONS ARE COMPLETE – 7/21/14 – 5:00 pm

  PRESCRIBED FIRE UPDATE – 7/21/14 – 5:00 pm – Firefighters completed ignitions on all 8 acres of the Tiny Prescribed Fire project.  ********* PRESCRIBED FIRE UPDATE – 7/21/14 – 10:00 am – Firefighters will be igniting piles today. Smoke will be visible during lighting operations. ********* Tiny Prescribed Fire project, located northeast of Ruidoso […]

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Lincoln National Forest – New Start – Torrez Fire – 7/20/14 – 11:00 am

Name:  Torrez Date and Time Detected:  7/20/14  –  9:04 am Cause:  Lightning Jurisdiction:  Lincoln National Forest – Smokey Bear Ranger District Location:  Lat:  33 deg, 34 min, 8.04 sec x Long:  105 deg, 16 min, 14.87 sec (T8S, R17E, Sec 23), the Torrez fire is located about 17 miles northeast of Capitan, NM. Current Size:  […]

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Lincoln National Forest – Tye Prescribed Fire COMPLETE – all 826 acres have been treated! – 7/20/14 – 2:00 pm

  PRESCRIBED FIRE UPDATE – 7/20/14 – 2:00 pm – Ignitions are completed on the Tye prescribed fire project, located 5 miles north of Capitan. Firefighters treated the remaining 226 acres today.  They have completed all ignition operations on the 826-acre Tye Prescribed Fire project.  Again, thank you to the public and surrounding communities for your support this past […]

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

Location: 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 near the top of the ridge. Latitude/Longitude: 31 deg 57′ 46.2″ […]

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Lincoln National Forest – New Fire Start – Gap Fire is already controlled – 7/18/14 – 3:00 pm

A new lightning fire, the Gap Fire on the Smokey Bear Ranger District, was detected late yesterday (7/17/14 at 9:05 pm) and firefighters mobilized to the fire this morning.  The fire was located about 6 miles northeast of Capitan.  USFS firefighters hiked in to the fire this morning and initiated suppression activities.  They were able […]

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Frijole Ridge Fire Update 07/16/2014 – 9:00AM

Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Frijole Ridge Fire Update 07/16/2014–9:00AM Location: 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 near the top of […]

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Frijole Ridge Fire Update 07/15/2014 – 1:00 PM

Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Frijole Ridge Fire Update 07/15/2014 – 1:00 PM Location: 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, […]

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Santa Fe National Forest Diego Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has completed fieldwork within the Diego Fire area and is working on a damage assessment report and developing recommendations for treatments.  The Burned Area Emergency Response damage assessment report is near completion and is expected to be finalized by the week of July […]

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Frijole Ridge Fire Burning in Guadalupe Mtns NP; McKittrick Canyon Closed

Frijole Ridge Fire Update – July 14, 2014, 1:15 pm Approximate Location: Frijole Ridge and Lemar Canyon, in the backcountry of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, near the top of a ridge Report Date / Time: July 14, 2014, approximately 12pm Size: approximately 1/4 acre Fuels: brush and timber Cause: lightning Terrain: steep, rocky Resources: 2 engines are on […]

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Cibola National Forest’s Mountainair Ranger Districts lifts fire restrictions

   Mountainair, NM. July 14, 2014. Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman announced that the Mountainair Ranger District’s fire restrictions will be lifted today. “The Mountainair Ranger District has had enough precipitation to reduce the likelihood of large wildfires,” Kohrman said. All six ranger districts on the Cibola are now out […]

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Lincoln National Forest – Prescribed Fire Update 07/14/14 – 7:30 pm

Prescribed Fire Update – 07/14/14 – 7:30 pm – ALL PRESCRIBED FIRE OPERATIONS ARE COMPLETE on these three projects:  Cox Canyon, Spud Forks and Ridge Piles (as of today, July 14).  Since Wednesday, July 9, firefighters have been able to treat  a total of 2,011 acres (of piles) with prescribed fire.  Today  (7/14/14) was the final day of […]

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Of interest to all…REWARD POSTER – Up to $5000

The U.S. Forest Service will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for placing a glass jar which exploded on the Santa Fe National Forest on July 7.  See attached poster.  

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Mt. Taylor Ranger District lifts fire restrictions; announces opening of personal use firewood season

  Grants, NM – July 11, 2014. The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands’ Mt. Taylor Ranger District will be lifting Stage II fire restrictions on Monday, July 14, 2014. With the restrictions lifted, the district will begin selling personal firewood permits starting July 16, 2014. The season will run through approximately December, 15, 2014, […]

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Final Update on the Bear Springs Fire – 07/10/14

Time/Date Reported: July 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM Location: Jemez Ranger District, approximately 4 miles southeast of Paliza Campground, 6 miles east of Ponderosa, and directly south of Bear Springs Mountain  Legal Description:  T17N, R4E, Sec 31 Cause:  Lightning Fuels: Fire has been burning in heavy fuels, ponderosa pine, and juniper Size: Estimated at 20 […]

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Diego Fire Closure Order Terminated

The Diego Fire Temporary Defined Area Closure Order (Order Number 10-416) will be terminated as of 6:00 PM today. This closure was initiated on July 2, 2014, to ensure both fire fighter and public safety during the Diego Fire suppression operations. It included portions of both Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties. Although the Diego Fire […]

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Magdalena Ranger District lifts fire restrictions

Albuquerque, NM. July 9, 2014. The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands’ Magdalena Ranger District is rescinding fire restrictions effective today. The status of the Cibola’s districts are: Magdalena Ranger District:  Removing all fire restrictions effective July 9, 2014. Mt. Taylor Ranger District: In Stage II fire restrictions. However, anticipates going out of restrictions on […]

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