Lincoln National Forest – 02/14/17 – 3:00 pm Prescribed Fire Update

Prescribed Fire Update – 02/14/17 – 2:45 pm:  Firefighters began ignitions on the Black Bear project around noon today and have since ceased ignitions for the day. 

  • Black Bear project, 516 acres:  piled slash, located 1/2 mile south of Cloudcroft, near Forest Road 5661, (Pumphouse Canyon). 

Target dates for ignitions are 2/14-2/16.  In order to minimize smoke impacts, firefighters will only be lighting 2 – 4 piles per day, as weather and fuel conditions will allow. 

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

Vicinity Map of Black Bear project:  Vicinity map of Black Bear Prescribed Fire Project

Prescribed Fire Update – 02/13/17 – 5:00 pm:  Recent snowfall in the Sacramento Mountains near Cloudcroft has brought favorable burning conditions for ignitions on the Black Bear Prescribed Fire project.

Prescribed Fire Update – 02/07/17 – 7:00 pm:  Firefighters treated 60 acres on the 171 project today (2/7/17) on the Sacramento Ranger District.  They focused their efforts on blacklining portions of the 500-acre project in preparation for future prescribed fire operations on this same unit.  Today (2/7/17) smoke was visible from Weed and the surrounding area during ignitions.  Firefighters will be patrolling and monitoring the area for the next few days.  They plan to resume prescribed fire activities (ignitions) on the 171 project in late February or March.  The 171 Prescribed Fire project is a 500 acre broadcast burn, located approximately 4 miles south of Weed.

Blackline:  pre-burning of fuels adjacent to a control line before igniting a prescribed burn.  Blacklining is usually done in heavy fuels adjacent to a control line during periods of low fire danger to reduce heat on holding crews and lessen chances for spotting across control lines.  In fire suppression, a blackline denotes a condition where there is no unburned material between the fireline and the fire edge.

Prescribed Fire Update – 02/07/17 – 11:00 am:  Ignitions are underway on the 171 project on the Sacramento Ranger District.  The project is a 500 acre broadcast burn, located approximately 4 miles south of Weed.  Smoke will likely be visible from Weed and the surrounding area — during ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update – 01/31/17 – 5:00 pm:  Firefighters treated an additional 35 acres today on the Cox piles project.  The project called for a total of 50 acres to be treated with prescribed fire, therefore, ignitions on this project have been completed.  Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the area for the next several days.  The next project slated for ignitions (possibly early next week) is the 171 project (500 acres), broadcast burn, located approximately 4 miles south of Weed.  Ignitions will be dependent on weather and fuel conditions ON THE DAY OF THE BURN. 

Prescribed Fire Update – 01/31/17 – 11:00 am:  Firefighters treated 15 acres yesterday (1/30/17) on the Cox piles project.  Ignitions have resumed TODAY (1/31/17) on the project, which is located 5 miles southeast of Cloudcroft and west of Waterfall Subdivision along NM Highway 130.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update – 01/30/17 – 11:00 am:  Ignitions are underway on the Cox piles prescribed fire project, located 5 miles southeast of Cloudcroft and west of Waterfall Subdivision along NM Highway 130.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update – 01/13/17 – 5:30 pm:  Firefighters successfully treated an

Prescribed fire Ignition operations

Prescribed fire Ignition operations

additional 180 acres on the Wet Burnt project north of Mayhill. Conditions were favorable resulting in good consumption of ground litter. Smoke emissions were minimal.  Firefighters will patrol and monitor the area over the weekend.  

 

Prescribed Fire Update – 01/13/17 – 11:30 am:  This morning, firefighters resumed ignition operations on the Wet Burnt project, located north of Mayhill.  Light smoke may be visible during ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update – 01/12/17 – 5:30 pm:  Ignitions completed for today with 100 acres successfully treated with prescribed fire on the Wet Burnt project north of Mayhill.  Light smoke was visible during ignitions. Fire operations went well and firefighters hope to resume ignitions tomorrow if conditions are favorable.  At this time, they are patrolling the area.

Prescribed Fire Update – 01/12/17 – 1:30 pm:  Ignitions are underway on the Wet Burnt project on the Sacramento Ranger District.  The project is located about 4 miles north of Mayhill.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update – 01/11/17 – 7:30 am

Sacramento Ranger District:

If weather and fuel conditions are favorable tomorrow (January 12), fire personnel on the Sacramento Ranger District will conduct prescribed fire operations on the Wet Burnt project, located 4 miles north of Mayhill. 

Alamogordo, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, and Carlsbad, NM – December 14, 2016 – Fire officials on the Lincoln National Forest’s Smokey Bear and Sacramento Districts plan to continue to take advantage of favorable weather and burning conditions through the month of January.  No prescribed fire activities are planned on the Guadalupe District during this time.

District personnel will focus on multiple projects that include pile and broadcast burning.  These prescribed fire projects are located at various sites within the Smokey Bear and Sacramento Districts:

Smokey Bear District – Prescribed Fire Projects:

  • Perk Pile Burn:  hand-piled slash in small blocks from 1 to 100 acres in size (to be burned in a day), located in the Perk, Brady and Cedar Creek Canyon areas west of Mechem Drive, Ruidoso.
  • Grindstone Pile Burn: hand-piled slash, small blocks from 1 to 100 acres in size (to be burned in a day), located south and west of Grindstone Lake and north and west of Mescalero Lake, adjacent to Ruidoso.
  • Grindstone Mesa Pile Burn, 152 acres: 28 large machine-generated piles of slash, located on top of Grindstone Mesa, southwest of Grindstone Lake, near Ruidoso.

Sacramento District – Prescribed Fire Projects:

  • Wet Burnt, 930 acres: broadcast burn, near the headwaters of the Wet Burnt drainage along the Carr Gap road, which is one-half mile southeast of the 16 Springs subdivision and 4 miles north of Mayhill.
  • 171 project, 500 acres:  broadcast burn, located approximately 4 miles south of Weed.
  • Benson Piles, 500 acres:  piled slash, located approximately 7 miles south of Cloudcroft.
  • Cox Piles, 50 acres:  piled slash, located 5 miles southeast of Cloudcroft and west of the Waterfall Subdivision along NM State Hwy 130.
  • Black Bear, 516 acres:  piled slash, located 1/2 mile south of Cloudcroft, near Forest Road 5661, (Pumphouse Canyon).

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.  Please use caution when traveling or hunting near ongoing projects.

While ignitions are underway, smoke may be visible from Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Capitan, Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, Piñon, Sunspot, Cloudcroft, 16 Springs, and surrounding areas.  Smoke may be visible or encountered along US Highway 82 and NM State Highways 42 and130, as well as roads in the mentioned communities.

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.

Visit www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln  and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest

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