Lincoln National Forest – 9/20/16 7:30 pm Prescribed Fire Update – Ignitions completed on Coe Rx

Prescribed Fire operations continue on the Smokey Bear Ranger District:

Coe Prescribed Fire project:  114 acres of scattered juniper slash located along Forest Roads 443 and 443A, 1 mile South of Highway 70 and Glencoe, NM.  Planned dates for ignition operations are 9/20 through 9/22.

9/20/16   7:30 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Firefighters completed ignitions on the Coe Prescribed Fire project today, successfully treating 114 acres. Light smoke was visible during ignitions.  Firefighters will be monitoring and patrolling the area for the next few days.   

Vicinity map:  092016-coe-rx-burn-public-notification-map

Regarding smoke, in the event of a prescribed fire or wildfire: If visibility becomes lower because of smoke, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page:  https://nmtracking.org/fire

PIO: Loretta Benavidez, llbenavidez@fs.fed.us  575-430-5546

 9/20/16   10:15 am Prescribed Fire Update:  Firefighters are resuming ignitions on the Coe Prescribed Fire project, south of Glencoe.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

9/10/16   7:45 pm Prescribed Fire:  Firefighters completed ignitions on one of the large slash piles behind the Smokey Bear Ranger Station today.  They have completed lighting operations on both large piles and they are now considered complete at 10 acres treated.  The area (behind the Ranger Station) will be monitored and patrolled tomorrow (Sunday).

Vicinity map:  Vicinity Map for Ranger Station Piles

9/10/16   10:45 am Prescribed Fire:  Ignitions are underway on one large slash pile behind the Smokey Bear Ranger Station.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

Rx Fire Operations - Slash Pile behind Smokey Bear Ranger Station

Rx Fire Operations – Slash Pile behind Smokey Bear Ranger Station

9/9/16   7:30 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Today’s prescribed fire operations went very well as firefighters treated one of two large piles of slash behind the Smokey Bear Ranger Station.  There was very good consumption of the fuels which varied slightly from yesterday’s operations.  Yesterday, the other (of the two large piles) was ignited, but did not burn well due to higher than expected moisture in the pile.  They will attempt to burn that pile down (prescribed fire operations) again tomorrow (Saturday) or Sunday.  Ignitions will be fuel and weather dependent.

9/9/16   10:45 am Prescribed Fire Update:  Prescribed fire operations are underway on one large pile of slash behind the Smokey Bear Ranger Station.   Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

9/8/16   10:30 am Prescribed Fire Update:  Prescribed fire operations are underway on one large pile of slash behind the Smokey Bear Ranger Station in Ruidoso.  Ignitions have been completed and firefighters will monitor the burn pile for the rest of the day.  Their plan is to ignite the second large pile (same vicinity) tomorrow.

9/7/16   8:00 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Ignitions will resume on Thursday, Sept. 8, on the piles that are located in the vicinity of the Smokey Bear Ranger Station, 901 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, along Cedar Creek road. Two large slash piles located behind the Ranger Station will be targeted for ignitions on Sept 8th and 9th (one pile per day). Treating one pile per day will help keep smoke impacts at a minimum.

 

8/25/16   8:00 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Ignitions will resume on Friday, 8/26 on the piles that are located in the vicinity of the Smokey Bear Ranger Station, 901 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, along Cedar Creek road.  Three groups of hand-piled slash will be treated with prescribed fire.  Target dates for ignitions are 8/26 through 8/28.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

Vicinity map:  082516_Ranger_Station_Pile_Burn Public_Notification_map

 8/19/16   1:00 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Unfavorable burning conditions today due to increased humidity.  Firefighters will assess weather and fuel conditions next week for possible continuation of prescribed fire operations.

8/18/16   5:00 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Although firefighters had a late start with ignitions today (due to a response to a smoke report) they were able to successfully treat and additional 10 acres today.  The plan is to continue with ignitions tomorrow (8/19/16).

8/18/16   12:15 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Ignitions are underway on Coe Prescribed Fire project.

8/17/16   7 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Fuels being treated on this project are jackpots of pinon pine slash from a mastication treatment that was done ar0und 2008.  Today’s prescribed fire treatment resulted in excellent consumption of those fuels.

Coe Prescribed Fire - Excellent Fuel Consumption

Coe Prescribed Fire – Excellent Fuel Consumption

Smoke was light and dissipated quickly.  Firefighters staggered ignitions so that the smoke had time to lift and disperse before igniting more fuels.  Very little smoke drifted down towards residents of the Glencoe Loop area. The four-person crew  continued with this ignition pattern until they completed treating 30 acres (corrected 8/18/16  5 pm) today.  It is expected that weather and fuel conditions will remain favorable over the next couple of days, during which time firefighters will continue prescribed fire operations on the Coe project, with a target date for completion of Friday (8/19/16).

Light Smoke on Coe Prescribed Fire Project

Light Smoke on Coe Prescribed Fire Project

8/17/16  10 am Prescribed Fire Update:  Ignitions are underway on the COE Prescribed Fire project, located 1 mile south of Highway 70 and Glencoe, NM.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

8/16/16  1 pm Prescribed Fire Update:  Firefighters completed ignitions.  All 5 piles within this unit were successfully treated with prescribed fire. Smoke impacts were minimal. They will target tomorrow (8/17) for ignitions on the Coe project.

8/16/16  10 am Prescribed Fire Update:  Ignitions are underway on the Ski Run Road project near Alto, NM.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

Ski Run Rd Rx Project - pile burning

Ski Run Rd Rx Project – pile burning

  • Ski Run Road project:  FS land above home at 282 Ski Run road, near Alto, NM.  This unit consists of 5 slash piles.  The expected time need to treat the piles is one day.  Target date for ignitions is Tuesday, August 16.
  • Vicinity map:  081516 Ski Run Road Pile Burn Public Notification map
  • Coe project:  Along Forest Road 443 and 433A, 1 mile South of Highway 70 and Glencoe, NM.  This unit is 159 acres of scattered juniper slash.  Target date for ignitions Wednesday, August 17 through Friday, August 19.
  • Vicinity map:  081516 Coe Rx Burn Public Notification map

 

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