Prescribed Burns Planned in Lincoln County

Beginning in February 2019, and continuing into the spring, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting prescribed burn operations about 10 miles northeast of Ruidoso and 5 miles southeast of Capitan in Lincoln County.  There are two prescribed fires being planned to take place within the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area map_ftstanton_spring_2019:

  • The 223 acre West Mesa unit is located 5 miles Southwest of the junction of SR 220 and US 380;
  • The 300 acre South Mesa unit is located West of Sierra Blanca Regional Airport;

These operations are dependent upon weather conditions and will take several days to complete.  Smoke from the burns may be visible from Capitan, Lincoln, Ruidoso and other surrounding communities.  Signs will be posted along roadways to inform motorists of the activities.  Motorists should use caution by reducing speed and watching for fire personnel and equipment.

The purpose of the prescribed burns is to reduce the amount of vegetation available to wildfire, decrease the risk of loss to adjacent property, and improve watershed conditions.  Other goals are to increase health, vigor, and competitive ability of the native plant community and to reduce the density of exotics, invader, and introduced species.  The burn projects will also improve wildlife habitat and contribute to the available nutrients and water cycles by decreasing the amount decadent vegetation.

The BLM encourages public land users to continue to be careful with fire.  For more information on these prescribed burn projects and the BLM fire and hazardous fuels reduction program, please call Nathan Curnutt at 575-627-0311. To report a wildfire on public land, please call Alamogordo Interagency Dispatch at 877-695-1663.

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