Lincoln National Forest – Smokey Bear Ranger District- Gavilan Prescribed Burn

Fire Crews will be pile burning in the Gavilan Prescribed Burn area. Smoke may be visible. 

  • Schedule: Ignitions will begin Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the north end of the project off Road 120a and may be ongoing throughout the week and month of June, conditions permitting.
  • Location: Between Gavilan Canyon and Gavilan Ridge from the High School to Eagle Creek Road.
  • Smoke: Smoke may be visible in Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Alto Village, and the Hondo Valley. Daytime smoke impacts are possible in Eagle Creek, Gavilan, Homestead Acres, Fawn Ridge, White Mountain Meadows and potentially the Hondo Valley as smoke settles in the evenings. Smoke may also be visible from State Highways 48, 220 and 532, US Highways 380 & 70, and the communities of Roswell, Tularosa, and Alamogordo.
  • Target Daily Acres: No more than 100 acres daily consisting of hand piles slash.
  • Gavilan Prescribed Fire Map

Fire crews will take advantage of the unusual green conditions and regular rain to conduct the Gavilan Prescribed Burn today. Treatments in the wildland urban interface have been on-going since 2000.  These have mostly consisted of thinning with hand crews and piling the wood.  The piles are then burned using prescribed fire.

There is a decreased risk of high-severity wildfire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) that surrounds the community of Ruidoso when trees are thinned, thus reducing fuel loadings. Thinning, piling and burning using prescribed fire is one way land managers try to mimic the historical fire conditions in southwest forests. The objectives of our efforts to restore historic conditions are to improve forest health and resiliency and to enhance wildlife habitat.


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