Lincoln National Forest – Lewis Prescribed Burn Continues

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.

Today crews are hoping to claim a 500-acre unit in Seep Canyon adjacent to Rd 382 approximately six miles from Weed, NM and 8 miles from Sacramento, NM. Smoke will likely be visible from Sacramento, Weed, Mayhill and Cloudcroft, NM.

View the map for more detailed location information: Lewis Prescribed Fire Seep Canyon Map

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

Historically, low- to moderate-intensity wildfires burn through southwestern dry conifer 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 is specifically designed to reduce the amount of dead and down fuel material on the forest floor. Prescribed fire is one of the most effective tools available to restore fire-adapted ecosystems. Fire managers are about 1/3 complete with the Lewis prescribed burn project area. They will continue prescribed burning in the project area as conditions allow. Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

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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