NM Fire Info

Lincoln National Forest – 5/31/17 1:15 pm Prescribed Fire Update – Lucas Well Pile Burn Project: Ignitions on hold

Smokey Bear Ranger District – Lucas Well Pile Burn project located 9 miles east of Ruidoso

Prescribed Fire Update -5/31/17 1:15pm – Piles are burning well. Firefighters will not resume ignition operations until more humidity or precipitation is forecasted. Possibly will wait for onset of monsoons to resume ignitions.

The primary objectives of this prescribed fire project: 

Click here to view a vicinity map of the Lucas Well Pile Burn project:  052817_Lucas Well Pile Burn vicinity 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

PREVIOUS UPDATES:
Prescribed Fire Update – 5/30/17 3:30 pm – Firefighters successfully completed ignition operations on 57 acres. Ignitions complete for today.

Prescribed Fire Update – 5/30/17 11:00 am – Test burn successful. Firefighters will continue with ignition operations on the Lucas Well Pile Burn project today. Please be aware that while ignitions are underway, smoke may be visible from Lincoln, Glencoe, Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Hondo, Alto and the surrounding areas. Six firefighters and one engine are assigned to the project today.

Prescribed Fire Update – 5/29/17  12:30 pm – Ignition operations are postponed for today on the Lucas Well Pile Burn project. Weather conditions are not favorable for burning piles today, as thunderstorms are expected in the area later (today). Firefighters will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the week and will resume ignitions when the conditions are favorable.

Prescribed Fire Update – 5/28/17  5:00 pm – Firefighters successfully completed ignition operations on 32 acres (50 piles) on the Lucas Well Pile Burn project.

Smokey Bear Ranger District – Lucas Well Pile Burn project located 9 miles east of Ruidoso

Prescribed Fire Update – 5/27/17 – 10:00 pm:  This project is located about 9 miles east of Ruidoso, NM, and consists of slash piles of pinon pine and juniper that are scattered throughout a 468-acre unit. If weather conditions are favorable, firefighters are planning to conduct a test burn on Sunday to determine if fuels are cured out/dried out enough to respond to prescribed fire ignitions. A favorable response will result in good consumption of the piled material (slash). If the pile burning proves successful with the test burn, they may continue to ignite several other piles within the unit on Sunday (May 28). However most of the ignitions are targeted for Monday (May 29), when weather conditions are expected to be slightly cooler with increased humidity.

While ignitions are underway, smoke may be visible from Lincoln, Glencoe, Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Hondo, Alto and the surrounding areas.

Click here to view a vicinity map of the Lucas Well Pile Burn project:  052817_Lucas Well Pile Burn vicinity map

PREVIOUS PRESCRIBED FIRE UPDATES:

Smokey Bear Ranger District – West Mountain (Unit 6) Prescribed Fire Project (pile burning)

Prescribed Fire Update – 5/22/17  5:00 pm – Firefighters successfully completed ignition operations on the 420-acre West Mountain (Unit 6) Prescribed Fire project today.  Under favorable conditions,

Prescribed Fire Operations on the West Mountain (Unit 6) project north of Capitan, NM

they were able to treat all of the piles within the 420-acre unit with prescribed fire. Smoke was visible during ignitions but most of it is expected to dissipate by this evening. Residual smoke can be known to settle in drainages or lower elevations during the night, but once daytime temperatures rise (by mid-morning) it should diminish significantly. Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the project area for the next few days.

This will  be the FINAL UPDATE for the West Mountain (Unit 6) Prescribed Fire Project, UNLESS there is a significant change to report. 

Click here to view a vicinity map of the West Mountain (Unit 6) project:  052217 West Mt Unit 6 map

Prescribed Fire Update – 10:45 am – Ignitions are underway on the West Mountain (Unit 6) project.  Smoke

Brush pile burning well after ignition operations

will be visible during ignitions and possibly into early evening.  Although minimal smoke impacts are expected, if smoke is encountered along NM State Highway 246, please slow your vehicle down, turn on headlights and proceed with caution. There are no road or area closures in place.  Firefighting resources on site include:  1 Type 1 Crew, 2 Engines and 3 Fire Prevention Patrol units – approximately 30 personnel total.

The next update will be posted around 7 pm tonight.

Prescribed Fire Update – 5/21/17 – 10:00 pm

Ignition operations on the West Mountain (Unit 6) prescribed fire project (240 acres CORRECTION:  420 ACRES) are tentatively scheduled to begin on May 22nd. The project is located about 4 miles north of Capitan, NM, and off of NM State Highway 246. Ignitions are dependent on weather conditions and may take 1 to 3 days to complete during which time firefighters will be hand-igniting individual piles within the project area. Smoke will be visible during ignitions, but is expected to dissipate quickly, especially with the presence of light winds. Favorable weather conditions include light winds, cloud cover and higher humidity. These weather conditions, combined with sparse, short green grass and other vegetation between the slash piles are expected to provide successful prescribed fire operations (ignitions). Under these conditions, firefighters will have increased success in limiting the fire to the slash piles with little to no chance of fire moving beyond the piles. Their efforts will also be focused on a high percentage of consumption of each of the slash piles. The slash piles are the result of fuel management activities and individual piles are burned under favorable conditions.

Once IGNITIONS ARE UNDERWAY, this post will be updated to officially notify the public that firefighters have started ignition operations. The post is generally updated again in the evening (7 pm) to provide an update of the day’s accomplishments.