Pile Burns Planned for Lincoln NF – Sacramento Ranger District

The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest will burn a combination of hand and slash piles possibly starting as soon as Monday, July 9, 2018, and will continue throughout the month as conditions and weather are favorable. Fire managers are hoping to burn now before reoccurring monsoonal moisture sets in and makes the piles too wet to burn.

The piles are located in seven different areas of the district within older timber sale areas.

  • Atkinson- located along Sunspot Highway near Atkinson Field and Fenimore Canyon. 146 acres
  • Carissa- located near Carissa lookout and Board Canyon. 234 acres
  • Creek-Located in Creek Canyon and Bluewater. 258 acres
  • Kerr-Located in Kerr canyon. 19 acres
  • Rice-located near Cathey Vista and Sunspot Highway. 234 acres
  • Slug and Grub- located near Sacramento Lookout along Forest Road 64
  • Poison- located in Poison Canyon near the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary and 16 Springs Canyon

The purpose of the project is to reduce hazardous fuels following thinning and fuelwood removal activities. Reducing hazardous fuels will help reduce the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and natural resources in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area that surrounds the communities of Cloudcroft, Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, and Timberon. Treatments will help fire managers re-introduce fire into a fire adapted ecosystem, thus improving forest health, forest structure, forest resiliency and wildlife habitat.

Smoke may be visible from the communities of Cloudcroft, Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, and Timberon. Not only will smoke be visible from these communities but may have a limited effect on Highway 82, Highway 130, and the Sunspot Highway.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For additional information about this prescribed fire, contact the Sacramento Ranger District at (575) 682-2551.

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