ALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, CARLSBAD, NM – As the summer temperatures begin to taper off and we receive more frequent pulses of rain showers over the general area, the fire danger lessens on the Lincoln National Forest. Effective Monday, August 15, 2016, all Forest-wide fire danger rating signs will display the LOW adjective. The LOW fire danger rating applies to the entire forest, which includes Smokey Bear, Sacramento and Guadalupe Ranger Districts.
A fire danger rating of LOW means that fuels do not ignite easily from small embers, but a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff, dry wood, or snags. Fires in open, dry grasslands may burn easily a few hours after a rain, but most fires will spread slowly, creeping or smoldering. Control of fires is generally easy.
“No fire restrictions were implemented on the Lincoln National Forest this fire season and it is not likely that they will be implemented during the few weeks that are left of our ‘peak fire season,’” said Ryan Whiteaker, Fire Staff Officer. Visitation remains high and it is still critical that human-caused wildfires be prevented! Please make sure campfires are dead out before leaving your campsites!” Whiteaker added.
If you plan to visit the Lincoln National Forest, please follow these safety tips:
- Make sure campfires are dead out!
- Park vehicles in areas that are paved or bare – NOT in tall, dry grass.
- If you smoke, do so in areas that clear of vegetation.
- It’s ALWAYS illegal to possess or use fireworks on public lands.
Additional information about the Lincoln National Forest can be obtained by visiting or calling any of the offices listed below:
Smokey Bear Ranger District, 8 am – 4 pm, Mon – Fri, 901 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345, 575-257-4095
Sacramento Ranger District, 8 am – 4 pm, Mon – Fri, 4 Lost Lodge Road, Cloudcroft, NM 88317, 575-682-2551
Guadalupe Ranger District, 8 am – 4 pm, Mon – Fri, 5203 Buena Vista Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220, 575-881-4181
Supervisor’s Office, 8 am – 4:30 pm, Mon – Fri, 3463 Las Palomas Road, Alamogordo, NM 88310, 575-434-7200
For wildfire or prescribed fire information please visit https://nmfireinfo.com/