Lincoln National Forest-Lewis Prescribed Burn Continues This Week

Photo from the Lewis Prescribed Burn on the Lincoln National Forest

Photo from the Lewis Prescribed Burn on the Lincoln National Forest

Fire managers on the Lincoln National Forest plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, winds and weather forecasts, to continue with ignitions on the Lewis Prescribed Burn on the Sacramento Ranger District.

Today, crews are hoping to claim a 260-acre area by Bluewater Ranch off Rd 160 and 160a. Smoke will likely be visible from Sacramento, Weed, Mayhill and Cloudcroft, NM.

Historically, low-to moderate-intensity wildfires burn through southwestern forests like the Lincoln National Forest every seven to 15 years as part of a natural cycle that reduces forest fuels, recycles nutrients and increases habitat diversity.

The 3000-acre Lewis Prescribed Burn Project was specifically designed to reduce the amount of dead and down fuel material on the forest floor after previous Pinion/Juniper grassland restoration treatments, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed fire is one of the most effective tools available to restore fire-adapted ecosystems. Fire managers have claimed 1000 of the 3000 total acres over the past 2 months. Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems in the vicinity are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com, http://www.facebook.com/LincolnNF and Twitter @LincolnNF.

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