Lincoln National Forest News Release: Prescribed Fire Operations scheduled to resume on Guadalupe Ranger District

CARLSBAD and QUEEN, NM – March 27, 2018 – Fire managers on the Guadalupe District of the Lincoln National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable burning conditions over the next six weeks. Three prescribed fire projects are ready for the implementation phase, which includes ignitions. The primary objectives of these “burns” are to reduce threats of catastrophic wildfire to nearby communities; reduce juniper canopies which results in overall forest health while improving wildlife, range and watershed conditions and improve the distribution of native grasses and forbs for wildlife.

 The combined projects total 7,500 acres and the target dates for ignition operations are between April 16th and May 15th. The projects are listed below by name, size and general location:

  • Bullis Rx, 2,350 acres, and general location: 49 miles NW of Carlsbad, 46 miles SW of Artesia and 31 miles NW of Queen. Successful use of prescribed fire can improve conditions within the Bear Canyon area. Total number of personnel needed: 40 (minimum).
  • White Bull Rx, 3,000 acres and general location: 28 miles SW of Carlsbad (adjacent to the north side of Queen. Successful use of prescribed fire can improve conditions within the Last Chance Canyon area. Total number of personnel needed: 60 (minimum).
  • Road 70 Rx; 2,200 acres and general location: 36 miles SW of Carlsbad and 4 miles SW of Queen. Successful use of prescribed fire can improve conditions within the Robinson Draw area. Total number of personnel needed: 40 (minimum).

Specific criteria must be met in order for a broadcast burn to take place, including smoke dispersal conditions, current weather and fuel conditions, and wind speed and direction. These “conditions” must fall within the specific ranges that have been identified in the approved burn plan before ignition operations can begin. Appropriate staffing and types of resources and contingency resources must be on-site or available in accordance with the project-specific burn plan, as well.

Ignitions can only begin if all conditions are met and in accordance with the prescription outlined in the approved burn plan (for each project) on the day of the burn. Once ignitions have begun, assigned personnel can continue with prescribed fire operations, as long the fuel and weather conditions remain favorable and the appropriate number of personnel are assigned to the project.

Public and firefighter safety is always our priority with both prescribed and wildland fire.  For information about prescribed fire projects on the Lincoln National Forest, please contact Loretta Benavidez, Public Affairs Officer at 575-434-7290. Prescribed fire information and updates are posted on https://nmfireinfo.com/

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

 

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