Lincoln National Forest-1/8/20-Prescribed Burn on Smokey Bear District

Fire managers on the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest are conducting the Perk Prescribed Burn today. The prescribed burn is located near the Cedar Creek Trail system (aka Trail 92) which is 3-4 miles from Ruidoso. Smoke may be visible from Ruidoso, Alto, Bonito, Ruidoso Downs, Hwy 48, Hwy 37, Hwy 70 and other nearby communities.

Crews will be burning piles of woody debris leftover from fuel reduction projects. Fuel reduction projects, and subsequent pile burning, lower the risk of high-intensity wildfires.

Winter is an optimal time to burn slash piles because the snow on the ground keeps the fire from spreading. Generally, pile burns produce less smoke and burn with less intensity than broadcast burns across a larger landscape. Small blocks (10-50 acres) will be treated over time to decrease daily smoke volume. Prescribed fire is always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For more information, contact the Smokey Bear Ranger Station at 575-257-4095.

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