Lincoln National Forest – Prescribed fire update – 7/23/17 4:00 pm – 170 acres treated today on Carissa project on Sacramento District

Prescribed Fire Update – 7/23/17  4:00 pm – Firefighters have completed ignition operations for today (7/23) on the Carissa project.  They were able to treat 170 acres today (7/23).

Prescribed Fire Update – 7/23/17  12:30 pm – Ignitions are underway on the Carissa prescribed fire project on the Sacramento District.  Smoke may be visible as firefighters ignite slash piles.

Carissa, 243 acres: piled slash, this unit is located 11 miles southwest of Weed, NM (one half mile northeast of the Carissa Lookout Tower).

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:

PIO: Loretta Benavidez,  575-430-5546

News Release issued on July 15, 2017 

Favorable conditions are now in place for prescribed fire operations to resume on Sacramento Ranger District

Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, NM – July 15, 2017 –  With the arrival of late summer rain showers over much of the Lincoln National Forest, fire officials will resume prescribed fire operations on projects within the boundaries of the Sacramento Ranger District, in addition to those already in progress on the Smokey Bear Ranger District. Ignitions on the Sacramento District will be taking place during optimum weather conditions, beginning mid-July and continuing through October, as weather conditions permit.

Sacramento Ranger District Prescribed Fire Projects:

–Carissa, 243 acres: piled slash, this unit is located 11 miles southwest of Weed, NM (one half mile northeast of the Carissa Lookout Tower).

–Creek, 258 acres: piled slash, unit is located 11 miles southwest of Weed, NM (one mile east of the Carissa Lookout).

–Black Bear, 516 acres: piled slash, about one half mile south of Cloudcroft, NM.

These projects involve treating slash and hand piles, which will be eliminated by lighting individual piles and methodically progressing from one pile to the next, while conditions remain favorable on the day of the burn. Fire managers monitor conditions closely to ensure that they are within the ranges that have been identified in the Burn Plan before they begin ignition operations. Successful prescribed operations will result in good smoke dispersal and desired fire effects. These projects will help reduce fuel loads, which can minimize potential wildfire risks and impacts to the area. Public and firefighter safety are always primary objectives during all fire-related activities. To learn more about the Lincoln National Forest, visit our website and follow us on Twitter at

During ignition operations, smoke may be visible from communities that are in proximity of the prescribed fire projects. Smoke may settle into drainages and lower elevations at night, but usually dissipates 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. Although no closure orders are in place, people are discouraged from entering the areas where prescribed burning is taking place—for their own safety and that of the firefighters.

Prescribed fire and wildfire updates are posted on, or contact Loretta Benavidez, Lincoln National Forest Public Affairs Officer at 575-434-7290.

Carissa vicinity map:  Carissa Pile vicinity map

Creek vicinity map:  Creek Pile vicinity map

Black Bear vicinity map:  Black Bear Machine Piles vicinity map

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