Lincoln National Forest – Prescribed Fire Operations to resume on the Sacramento Ranger District

News Release issued on September 23, 2017:

ALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, NM – September 23, 2017 – Fire officials on the Lincoln National Forest’s Sacramento Ranger District are planning to resume prescribed fire operations on projects within the boundaries of the Sacramento Ranger District.  Ignitions will take place during optimum weather conditions, beginning in October 2017 and continuing through April 2018, as weather conditions permit.

Sacramento Ranger District Prescribed Fire Projects:

  • Wet Burnt, 250 acres: broadcast burn located 5 miles North of Mayhill, NM.
  • Perk 2,107 acres: broadcast burn located 5 miles southwest of Weed, NM.
  • Carissa, 243 acres: piled slash, this unit is located 11 miles southwest of Weed, NM and ½ mile northeast of the Carissa Lookout Tower.
  • Creek, 88 acres: piled slash, this unit is located 11 miles southwest of Weed, NM and one mile east of the Carissa Lookout.
  • Black Bear, 516 acres: piled slash, located ½ mile south of Cloudcroft, NM.

Ignitions are dependent upon weather conditions on the day of the burn and during the burning period(s).  Fire managers monitor conditions closely to ensure that they are within the ranges that have been identified in the Burn Plan.  Successful prescribed burning results in good smoke dispersal and desired fire effects.  These prescribed fire projects will reduce fuel loads, which can help minimize potential wildfire risks and impacts to the area.  Public and firefighter safety are always primary objectives during fire-related activities and missions.

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 is expected to dissipate 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.

Prescribed fire updates for the Lincoln National Forest will be posted on https://nmfireinfo.com/

For their own safety and that of the firefighters, the public and media are discouraged from entering into the areas where prescribed burning is taking place.  If there are any questions, please contact Loretta Benavidez, Public Affairs Officer at 575-434-7290 or email llbenavidez@fs.fed.us

For more information about the Lincoln National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest

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