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Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District – Prescribed Fire Update – 11/14/17 6:00 PM – Ignitions completed on Wet Burnt Prescribed Fire Project

Lincoln National Forest

Sacramento Ranger District

Prescribed Fire Update 11/14/17 – 6:00 PM – Firefighters treated the remaining Wet Burnt prescribed fire unit today, bringing the total number of acres treated to 290 (60 ac treated yesterday and 230 treated today).  They will return to the site tomorrow (11/15) to patrol, monitor and tend to any unburned pockets of fuel.  At this time, there are no plans to move forward with ignitions on any of the prescribed fire projects (see list below) on the SACRAMENTO Ranger District until after the first of the year (2018). 

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

Prescribed Fire Update 11/14/17 – 11:30 AM – Ignitions are underway on the Wet Burnt Prescribed Fire project located 5 miles north of Mayhill.  Lincoln National Forest firefighters along with BLM, BIA, Mescalero and local VFD firefighters make up the 30 (personnel) resources that are currently assigned to this project.  The mobilization and commitment of resources along with the current favorable weather conditions have set up a unique window of opportunity to complete ignitions on the Wet Burnt project this week.  Smoke may be visible from Mayhill and the surrounding area during ignitions.

Easterly winds are forecasted for this afternoon and into tonight which will probably push smoke towards 16 Springs Subdivision and Cloudcroft.  The winds are forecasted to taper off tomorrow afternoon and shift back to light westerly winds which will help mitigate any smoke impacts to populated areas. Generally, smoke is known to settle into drainages at night.  Smoke impacts are expected to be minimal and of short duration — today through tomorrow evening.



Prescribed Fire Update 11/13/17 – 6:30 PM – Firefighters successfully treated 60 acres today on the Wet Burnt project.  They plan to continue with ignitions tomorrow (11/14) if weather conditions remain favorable.

Prescribed Fire Update 11/13/17 -12:00 PM – Ignitions are underway on the Wet Burnt prescribed fire project located 5 miles north of Mayhill.  Smoke may be visible from Mayhill and the surrounding area during ignitions.

**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:

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