Lincoln National Forest Plans Prescribe Burn in 16 Springs Area, Feb 11, 2021

CLOUDCROFT, NM – Feb. 10, 2021 – Firefighters plan to proceed with the previously announced 16 Springs Prescribed Burn on the Lincoln National Forest on Feb 11, 2021. The 210-acre 16 Springs burn located 6.5 miles north of Mayhill is designed to remove woody debris from previously thinned areas and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

The 16 Springs Prescribed Burn is the last stage of a larger thinning project to reduce hazardous fuels near the community of Mayhill. Firefighters and equipment will be on scene and will continue to monitor the fire for many days following ignitions tomorrow.

To be successful, conditions must allow fire to carry and consume the dead material on the ground but be mild enough to burn at a lower intensity. The decision to proceed with a prescribed fire depends on multiple conditions, including snowpack, fuel (aka wood) moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts. Fire staff chose this week to burn in part because of the forecasted snow and low temperature over the weekend. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives and will be managed with public and firefighter safety as the first priority.

Smoke from the 16 Springs Prescribed Burn may be visible from 16 Springs, Mayhill, Twin Forks and along Hwy 82. 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 can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website.

16 Springs Prescribed Burn Map

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