Fire officials on the Lincoln National Forest’s Sacramento District plan to take advantage of favorable weather and burning conditions during the upcoming fall and winter months.
District personnel will focus on multiple projects that include pile and broadcast burning. These prescribed fire projects are located at various sites within the Sacramento Ranger District:
- 171 project: broadcast burn, 933 acres; located approximately 7 miles south of Weed.
- Russia project: pile burn, 700 acres; located approximately 10 miles south of Cloudcroft, and just off the Sunspot Highway.
- Cox piles project: pile burn, 121 acres; located southeast of Cloudcroft and off of NM State Highway 130.
- Akers project: continuation of broadcast burn, 200 acres; located about 5 miles north of Weed.
- Wet Burnt project: broadcast burn, 877 acres; located about 10 miles north-northwest of Mayhill (southeast of 16 Springs off Car Gap road).
- Claim project: pile burn, 11 acres; located about 10 miles north of Mayhill (southeast of 16 Springs and off of Walker Canyon road).
During ignitions, a “fire information” board with project-related information, including maps, will be located near the highway junctions or closest road intersections in each respective project area. “Prescribed Fire” and “Smoke” signs will also be posted in the area.
Actual ignitions are dependent upon current weather conditions weather and fuel conditions on the day of the burn. Fire managers will monitor conditions closely to ensure that they fall within the ranges identified in the “burn plan.” Optimal burning conditions must be in place to achieve the desired effects outlined in the burn plan; and will also contribute to good ventilation and smoke dispersal.
These project sites are popular for wildlife and many hunters are attracted to the area during the fall and winter big game hunts. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts may encounter fire personnel, equipment and smoke while on the Sacramento District. Please use caution when traveling or hunting near ongoing projects.
While ignitions are underway, smoke may be visible from Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, Piñon, Sunspot, Cloudcroft, 16 Springs, and surrounding areas. Smoke may be visible or encountered along US Highway 82 and NM State Highway 130, as well.
Click on this link to view a vicinity map of upcoming prescribed fire projects: Vicinity Map of Prescribed Fire Projects
Prescribed fire updates for the Lincoln National Forest will be posted on https://nmfireinfo.com/. For more information about prescribed fire projects on the Lincoln National Forest, please contact Loretta Benavidez, Lincoln National Forest Public Affairs Officer at 575-434-7290.
For general information about the Lincoln National Forest, call 575-434-7200, Monday through Friday (closed on Federal holidays unless stated otherwise), Supervisor’s Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and District Offices are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.