Lincoln National Forest – 5/17, 4:30 PM Prescribed Fire Update – Ignitions Completed on Smokey Bear Ranger District

5/17/16 – 4:30 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Firefighters successfully completed ignitions on all 40 acres on the 443 Road unit today.  They spent most of the afternoon ensuring that the piles were secure and they will be monitoring and patrolling the area over the next few days.

The project is located 2 miles south of Glencoe, along Forest Roads 443 and 443C. 

5/17/16 – 10:00 am Prescribed Fire Update:  Ignitions are underway on the 443 Road unit, which consists of 40 acres of piles. The project is located 2 miles south of Glencoe, along Forest Roads 443 and 443C.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

The New Mexico Department of Health’s smoke page recommends actions people can take if the visibility becomes lower because of smoke from wildfires and prescribed fires, visit https://nmtracking.org/fire

5/16/16 – 10:30 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Firefighters are targeting tomorrow (5/17/16) for ignitions on the 443 Road unit, which consists of 40 acres of piles. The project is located 2 miles south of Glencoe, along Forest Roads 443 and 443C.

To view a map of this project, click here: 443 Road Piles Rx Burn

5/13/16 – 7:00 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Firefighters completed ignitions on the Perk Piles along the Cedar Creek Fitness Trail today.  The 26 acres targeted for ignitions were successfully treated.  All operations went well and firefighters will be monitoring and patrolling the area over the next few days.  Residual smoke may be present for a short time as piles burn down.

5/13/16 – 11:00 am Prescribed Fire Update:  Ignitions are underway along the Cedar Creek Fitness Trail.  Smoke will be highly visible in and around the Ruidoso area today. 

Prescribed Fire Operations along Cedar Creek Fitness Trail

Prescribed Fire Operations along Cedar Creek Fitness Trail

5/11/16 – 4:00 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Firefighters have completed ignitions on the West Mountain unit.  They successfully treated 220 acres with prescribed fire.  They will be monitoring and patrolling the area for the rest of the afternoon and for the next few days.

5/11/16 – 10:30 am Prescribed Fire Update:  Ignitions are underway on the West Mountain unit.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions and it may linger into the evening. All fire operations are going well.  The next update will be posted later this evening UNLESS there is a significant change to report before then.

5/10/16 – 3:00 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Target dates for ignitions on the West Mountain unit are May 11 – 13.

RUIDOSO, NM May 9, 2016 – With recent moisture received in April and early May and the resulting spring grass green-up, fire officials on the Smokey Bear Ranger District in Ruidoso, NM, plan to implement prescribed fire operations on three project areas over the following few weeks.  These prescribed burn projects include:

–West Mountain unit: 224 acres of piles, located east of NM State Hwy 246, 6 miles north of Capitan.  Target date for ignitions:  May 11 – 12

–443 Road unit: 40 acres of piles, 2 miles south of Glencoe, along Forest Roads 443 and 443C. Target date for ignitions:  May 17

–Fitness trail along Cedar Creek: 26 acres of piles located at the fitness trail along Cedar Creek road adjacent to Ruidoso, NM  Target date for ignitions:  May 13 – 14

Exact ignition dates will be dependent upon weather and fuel moisture conditions. Fire managers will be monitoring the conditions closely to ensure that they fall within the ranges that have been identified in the burn plan. Optimal conditions will result in good ventilation and smoke dispersal, as well as help achieve the desired effects needed to accomplish the burn plan objectives.

The purpose of this project is woodland restoration and enhancement of ponderosa pine and piñon juniper stands by reducing ground and ladder fuels, which in turn will reduce the severity of wildland fire within the project boundaries in the future. Fuel reduction in this area will also aid in protection of valuable resources and adjacent private properties (Wildland Urban Interface).

Smoke from this burn may be visible from Ruidoso, Capitan, Lincoln, Roswell, Ruidoso Downs, Glencoe, Hondo and the surrounding areas. Smoke may settle into drainages and lower elevations at night, but is expected to dissipate by late-morning, as daytime temperatures increase. In the event that smoke is encountered on travel ways, motorists are advised to reduce travel speeds and turn lights on.

The New Mexico Department of Health’s smoke page recommends actions people can take if the visibility becomes lower because of smoke from wildfires and prescribed fires, visit https://nmtracking.org/fire

For information about the Lincoln National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln, or call 575-434-7200, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest

For Prescribed Fire updates visit www.nmfireinfo.com

Click on this link for a flyer of the West Mountain Prescribed Fire project:  050916_PJ Piles Rx Burn_FLYER

Vicinity map of planned prescribed fire projects

Vicinity map of planned prescribed fire projects

 

Public Information Officer: Loretta Benavidez, 575-430-4456, llbenavidez@fs.fed.us

 

 

 

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