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Lincoln National Forest – Prescribed Fire Update for Smokey Bear Ranger District – 12/7/17 9:45 am

Prescribed Fire Update:  December 7, 2017, 9:45 am – Firefighters are working on the Smokey Bear District Administrative Site (901 Mechem Drive in Ruidoso) directly behind the Ranger Station today.  Treating 22 acres of slash with prescribed fire.  The ignitions are complete and they are now patrolling and monitoring the area.  Light smoke may be present in the area this morning, but is expected to clear by this afternoon. 

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:  November 29, 10:30 am – Ignitions are postponed on the Grindstone Mesa project due to poor ventilation which can contribute to smoke impacts to populated areas.  Today’s weather forecast calls for similar conditions over the next few days.  As long as the “poor ventilation” conditions remain in place, ignitions will be postponed.  Next week, firefighters will continue to check on local conditions.  Once conditions are suitable, they will resume ignitions.

OLDER UPDATES

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 29, 10:30 am – Ignitions are postponed on the Grindstone Mesa project due to poor ventilation which can contribute to smoke impacts to populated areas.  Today’s weather forecast calls for similar conditions over the next few days.  As long as the “poor ventilation” conditions remain in place, ignitions will be postponed.  Next week, firefighters will continue to check on local conditions.  Once conditions are suitable, they will resume ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 28, 8:00 pm – Firefighters plan to resume ignition operations on the Grindstone Mesa Prescribed Fire project on Wednesday, November 29th, if conditions are favorable.  The project is located west of Ruidoso and smoke may be visible from Ruidoso, Grindstone and Carrizo areas during ignitions.

Vicinity map of Winter projects:  2018 Winter Rx Fire projects

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 21, 10:30 am – Firefighters are staffing the Grindstone Mesa project today and the treated area is still holding at 43 acres.  Some fuels on the interior are smoldering, but the emissions have lessened significantly since yesterday.  Today’s and tomorrow’s efforts will focus on patrolling, monitoring and securing the area by working on widening the perimeter (fire break/fire line) in towards the interior portion of the burn.

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 20, 1:00 pm – Firefighters have ceased ignitions for today.  Smoke was not lifting and dispersing as planned, therefore the Burn Boss called for a halt on ignitions for today.  Smoke was visible from Ruidoso and surrounding areas.  Firefighters will continue to be on site to monitor and patrol the area throughout the remainder of the day.

43 acres were completed today and there will be no additional ignition operations for the remainder of the week.  Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the area over the next several days.  Since ignition operations have ceased, smoke impacts are expected to lessen significantly.

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 20,  10:30 am – Ignitions are underway on the Grindstone Mesa Prescribed Fire project, located southwest of Ruidoso.

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 19  7:00 pm – Today, firefighters completed ignition operations on the South Fork Prescribed Fire project.  If conditions remain favorable on Monday (11/20) they will proceed with ignitions on the Grindstone Mesa project, located southwest of Ruidoso.

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 19  12:00 pm – Ignitions are underway on the South Fork Prescribed Fire Project. Smoke may be visible from Ruidoso and surrounding area during ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 18, 2017  7:00 pm – Today, firefighters used prescribed fire to treat 10 of the 13 acres on the South Fork Prescribed Fire project located 9 miles northwest of Ruidoso, near Bonito Lake.  If conditions remain favorable on Sunday (11/19) they will continue to treat the remaining 3 acres with prescribed fire.  While ignitions are underway, smoke may be visible from Ruidoso and the surrounding area.  If conditions are not favorable for burning on Sunday, ignition operations will be temporarily delayed until conditions improve and are in alignment with the prescription parameters that are outlined in the BURN PLAN for this particular project.

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 18, 2017  11:00 am – Ignitions are underway on the South Fork Prescribed Fire project located at the South Fork Campground near Bonito Lake — about 9 miles northwest of Ruidoso. The unit is 13 acres and firefighters will be using prescribed fire to treat grass, needle cast and natural debris consisting of small dead and down logs, sticks and branches.  The target dates for ignitions are today (11/18) and tomorrow (11/19) if conditions remain favorable.  Smoke may be visible from Ruidoso and the surrounding area during ignitions.

Map of South Fork Prescribed Fire Project:  South Fork broadcast burn map 111817

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 7, 2017  8:45 am – Ignition operations on the Grindstone Mesa prescribed fire project ARE TEMPORARILY DELAYED.  Today’s weather forecast calls for wind speeds that may exceed the parameters that are outlined in the burn plan, resulting in unfavorable conditions for burning THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE WEEK.  Fire officials will continue to monitor conditions closely and hopeful that ignitions will be underway next week, under more favorable conditions as outlined in the burn plan.

Prescribed Fire Update:  November 6, 2017  2:00 pm – Firefighters plan to resume ignition operations on the Grindstone Mesa Prescribed Fire project on November 7th, if conditions are favorable.  The remaining portion of this unit consists of 152 acres that will be broadcast burned Tuesday through the remainder of the week, as conditions allow.  The fuel type that will be treated with prescribed fire includes:  grass, needle cast, logs and sticks that are scattered throughout the area.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

Vicinity map of Grindstone Pile Burn Project:  Grindstone Mesa Rx Fire map 110617

Prescribed Fire Update:  September 26, 2017  12:30 pm – Firefighters ignited piles in the 8-acre unit of the Grindstone project, near Sawmill Canyon, this morning and have since ceased ignitions for the day.  They will remain in the area to hold, monitor and patrol the burn for the remainder of the day.

Prescribed Fire Update:  September 25, 2017  7:00 pm – Firefighters completed ignitions on the 13-acre unit of the Grindstone project early this afternoon.  They spent the remainder of day patrolling and monitoring the area.  If conditions remain favorable, they will conduct prescribed fire operations on one of the other two remaining units (8-acre unit and 37-acre unit) tomorrow (9/26).  Smoke emissions were mostly visible in the Sawmill, Grindstone and Carrizo Canyon areas today.

Prescribed Fire Update:  September 25, 2017  10:00 am – Prescribed fire operations are resuming on the Smokey Bear Ranger District and IGNITIONS ARE UNDERWAY. Firefighters will be working on the

Sept 25 – Pile burning activities on Grindstone project – Smokey Bear District

Grindstone Pile Burn project this week.  The project is divided into three separate units.  The individual units are comprised of 8, 13 and 37 acres of hand-piled slash. The general project area (3 units) is located on Lincoln National Forest lands northwest of Mescalero Lake.  Smoke may be visible from Ruidoso and the surrounding area during ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 21, 2017  7:00 pm – Today, firefighters treated 208 acres on the West Mountain prescribed fire project, bringing the total number of acres treated (over the past two months) to 1,070, which was the goal for this project. They will be patrolling and monitoring the area for the next few days, then, if conditions remain favorable they will move to another next project.

Vicinity map of projects on the Smokey Bear Ranger District: Vicinity Map Rx projects July 2017

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 20, 2017  7:00 pm – Firefighters treated 218 acres today on the West Mountain prescribed fire project. Their plan is to return to the site tomorrow (8/21) and continue with ignitions if conditions remain favorable.

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 20, 2017  10:00 am – Ignitions are underway on the West Mountain prescribed fire project. Smoke may be visible as firefighters ignite slash piles within the project area.

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 14, 2017  8:00 pm – Today, firefighters treated 6 acres on the West Mountain prescribed fire project.  An increase in moisture/precipitation will affect burning conditions over the next few days, causing firefighters to postpone ignitions, possibly resuming ignitions on Friday.

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 14, 2017  11:00 am – Ignitions are underway on the West Mountain prescribed fire project, located 6 1/2 miles north of Capitan, NM.  Smoke may be visible from Capitan and the surrounding area during ignitions.  

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 12, 2017  8:00 pm – Firefighters treated an additional 100 acres today on the West Mountain prescribed fire project.  Ignition operations went well and the smoke impacts were minimal.  NO prescribed fire operations are planned for tomorrow, August 13th.

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 12, 2017  11:00 am – Ignition operations are underway on the West Mountain prescribed fire project.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions, but is expected to lift and dissipate by late afternoon.  Please click on the link below to view a general vicinity map that shows the location of the West Mountain project.

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 11, 2017  8:00 pm – Today, firefighters treated an additional 80 acres of slash piles on the West Mountain prescribed fire project.  If conditions remain favorable tomorrow (8/12/17), they will continue with ignitions. Conditions are monitored daily and throughout the day to ensure that the optimum results will be achieved during prescribed fire operations.  If conditions change, and are not favorable for burning, firefighters will postpone or delay ignitions until the weather and or fuel moistures are within acceptable ranges (as indicated in the prescribed fire BURN PLAN).

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 1, 2017  8:00 pm – This morning, firefighters treated an additional 75 acres on the Lucas Well project, then moved over to the Mesa Pile Burn, where they treated 152 acres

Burning slash piles on Mesa Pile Burn project

of slash piles. The slash piles were large and firefighters expected that they may burn into the night with flames visible from Grindstone Mesa and the surrounding area (click on link to view map below). Firefighters will be on scene to monitor these piles over the next few days.

Vicinity map of Mesa Pile Burn project:  Mesa Pile Burn 080117

 

Prescribed Fire Update:  August 1, 2017  11:00 am – Today firefighters will be conducting ignitions on the Mesa Pile Burn.  During ignitions, smoke will be visible from Ruidoso, Alto and the surrounding area.

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 31, 2017  7:30 pm – Firefighters treated 118 acres on the Deadhorse prescribed fire project today. Smoke did not disperse and lift very well so firefighters ceased ignitions early. If conditions are favorable tomorrow (8/1/17) they will move to another project to continue with ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 29, 2017  8:00 pm – Firefighters were able to treat an additional 125 acres of slash piles today on the Lucas Well prescribed fire project. Tomorrow, Sunday (7/30) and Monday (7/31) they will move over to the Deadhorse project, located about 8 miles east of Ruidoso Downs. They will proceed with ignitions if conditions are favorable.

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 29, 2017  11:00 am – Ignitions are underway on the Lucas Well prescribed fire project located about 4 miles east of Ruidoso Downs.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions. Yesterday, 179 acres were treated.  Firefighters will attempt to complete the 379 acre project today, if conditions remain favorable throughout the day.   

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 28, 2017  2:45 pm  – Ignitions completed for today (7/28/17) on Lucas Well prescribed fire project. Firefighters treated 179 acres and plan to continue with ignition operations tomorrow (7/29/17) IF CONDITIONS REMAIN FAVORABLE. 

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 28, 2017  11:00 am – Ignitions are underway on the Lucas Well prescribed fire project, located about 4 miles east of Ruidoso Downs.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 18, 2017  2:00 pm – No additional ignitions (besides the Test Fire) are planned for the rest of today.  Firefighters will continue to assess conditions DAILY to determine when to resume ignition operations on the West Mountain Prescribed Fire project. This post will be updated when ignitions resume.

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 18, 2017  11:15 am – A TEST FIRE is underway on the West Mountain Prescribed Fire project located 6 1/2 miles north of Capitan. Firefighters are currently monitoring the test fire (application of fire to one pile) to determine whether or not to move forward with additional ignitions.

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 13, 2017  8:00 am.  As of yesterday (7/12), firefighters were tentatively planning to resume prescribed fire operations on the West Mountain project, located 6 1/2 miles north of Capitan, NM.  As of this morning, IGNITIONS WILL BE DELAYED..

Posted 7/12/17 @ 4:00 PM — ATTENTION:  IGNITION OPERATIONS ARE  TENTATIVELY PLANNED FOR TOMORROW THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017 on UNIT 8 of the WEST MT. PROJECT (conditions permitting).  This post will be updated with prescribed fire information as it becomes available.  

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 7, 2017 2:00 pm – Firefighters have completed ignitions for today.  They were able to treat an additional 50 acres on the West Mountain prescribed fire project, under very favorable conditions. Slash piles were consuming well and smoke was lifting, causing minimal impacts.

Good consumption of slash piles on West Mountain prescribed fire project

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 7, 2017 10:30 am – With favorable fuel and weather conditions in place again today (7/7/17), IGNITIONS ARE UNDERWAY on the West Mountain prescribed fire project.  Smoke will be visible during ignitions, but is expected to dissipate by late afternoon.

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 6, 2017  7:00 pm – Firefighters successfully treated 120 acres of slash piles today.  There were no concerns with smoke and ignition operations went well.  A total of 8 firefighters (and 2 engines) conducted today’s prescribed fire activities. They plan to return to the West Mountain project tomorrow (7/7/17) to continue with ignitions IF FUEL AND WEATHER CONDITIONS REMAIN FAVORABLE.

Prescribed Fire Update:  July 6, 2017  10:45 am – Ignitions are underway on the West Mountain prescribed fire project. Smoke will be visible during ignitions, but is expected to dissipate by late afternoon.

News Release issued on July 3, 2017

Alamogordo, Ruidoso, NM – July 3, 2017 – Fire officials on the Lincoln National Forest plan to take advantage of favorable weather and burning conditions through the month of July.

District personnel will focus on multiple units of pile burning.  These prescribed fire projects are located at various sites within the Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest.

Smokey Bear Ranger District Prescribed Fire Projects:

Vicinity map of projects planned for JULY on the Smokey Bear Ranger District: Vicinity Map Rx projects July 2017

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.

During ignitions, “Prescribed Fire” and “Smoke” signs will be posted in the area.

Outdoor enthusiasts and area residents may encounter fire personnel, equipment and smoke.  Please use caution when traveling near ongoing projects.

While ignitions are underway, smoke may be visible from Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Glencoe, Hondo, Capitan, Alto, Carrizozo, White Oaks, and surrounding areas.  Smoke may be visible or encountered along Highways 70 and 246, 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), Supervisor’s Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; District Offices are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Smokey Bear District Office is open on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (through September 2nd).

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