Lincoln National Forest: Smokey Bear District Prescribe Burning Today in the Gavilan Area

The Smokey Bear Ranger District on the Lincoln National Forest will burn piles using prescribed fire in the Gavilan area beginning, today, December 10, 2019 through the winter, as conditions allow. Smoke will be visible from Ruidoso and surrounding communities.

Treatments in the wildland urban interface have been ongoing since 2000. These have mostly consisted of thinning with hand crews and piling the wood.  The piles are then burned using prescribed fire in very specific burn “windows”. This window generally occurs in winter with persistent snow or during monsoon season. Thinning, piling and burning is one way land managers try to mimic the historical fire conditions in southwest forests.


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 DOH website at

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