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Lincoln National Forest – FINAL UPDATE for the Russia Fire (located about 6 miles south of Cloudcroft)

FINAL FIRE UPDATE – 04/18/18  4:00 pm – Firefighters held the Russia Fire and declared it 100% contained at 1:00 pm today (4/18/18).  The final size of the fire was one-quarter of an acre.  THIS WILL BE THE FINAL UPDATE FOR THE RUSSIA FIRE UNLESS THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO REPORT. Regarding smoke, in the […]

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Scout Fire – FINAL UPDATE – 4/17/18 – 10:00 AM Update

SCOUT FIRE UPDATE – 4/17/18  10:00 am – The Scout Fire is now 75% contained at 16 acres.  The change in the number of acres (from what was originally reported) is due to more accurate mapping. Firefighters will continue to work towards full containment and will also patrol the area over the next few days.  The […]

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Gila National Forest – Update on L-T West Prescribed Burn

Mimbres, NM, April 16, 2018—For Immediate Release.  The L-T West Prescribed Burn, on the Wilderness Ranger District, is staffed and in a monitor/patrol status. Currently, no further firing ignitions are planned. Winds are variable, and the edges around the 17 mile perimeter are cooling. Turkey hunters are in the area and report that turkeys have […]

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Lincoln National Forest’s Fire Danger elevates to HIGH

ALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, CARLSBAD, NM – As temperatures increase and drying winds become a frequent, almost daily occurrence, the potential for wildland fire starts increases significantly. Based on current weather and fuel conditions, along with the increase in visitors and recreational activities on the Forest, the Fire Danger Rating will be elevated to HIGH, effective […]

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Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District – Prescribed Fire Update for Perk Project – 4/1/18, 9:00 pm

Lincoln National Forest – Sacramento Ranger District – Perk Prescribed Fire project Learn more about how the US Forest Service uses prescribed fire to restore the forest environment: https://www.fs.fed.us/managing-land/fire/resilient-landscapes/prescribed-fire Prescribed Fire Update – 4/1/1 – 9:00 pm – Today firefighters treated 140 acres on the Perk Project with prescribed fire, bringing the total number of acres treated (to […]

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Lincoln National Forest News Release: Prescribed Fire Operations scheduled to resume on Guadalupe Ranger District

CARLSBAD and QUEEN, NM – March 27, 2018 – Fire managers on the Guadalupe District of the Lincoln National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable burning conditions over the next six weeks. Three prescribed fire projects are ready for the implementation phase, which includes ignitions. The primary objectives of these “burns” are to reduce […]

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Glenwood Ranger District planning a pile burn

Glenwood, NM, February 16, 2018—For Immediate Release.  The Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest is planning to burn the Sheridan Slash Pile in the next two weeks dependent on weather conditions. This slash pile is located on the Sheridan Ridge Road (County Road CO54) approximately seven miles south of Glenwood. This burn will take one […]

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New Fire Start – DARK Fire – Located 6 miles south of Cloudcroft, NM

New Fire Start – DARK Fire INITIAL FIRE UPDATE: 01/19/18/17  4:00 pm Jurisdiction: New Mexico State Forestry and/or Private AND Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District Incident Commander:  USFS Date/Time Detected: 01/19/18  11:28 am Location: Approximately 6 miles south of Cloudcroft, NM.  Fire started near Dark Canyon and Highway 130 Lat/Long: 32 deg, 54 min, 4.04 sec X […]

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Lincoln National Forest – Prescribed Fire Update for Smokey Bear Ranger District – 01/10/18, 9:00 am

Prescribed Fire Update:  January 10, 2018 – NO IGNITIONS PLANNED FOR TODAY!  Firefighters will be patrolling and monitoring the Grindstone Mesa prescribed fire project today.  Today’s weather forecast calls for higher precipitation and increased humidity which would not allow for successful ignition operations.  Firefighters will continue to evaluate weather conditions (on a daily basis) over […]

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Gila National Forest: Two Lightning Caused Fires on Reserve Ranger District

Reserve, NM, October 23, 2017 – For Immediate Release. Fire personnel reported smoke on Friday, October 20; and is from lightning as a result of thunderstorms that passed through the Gila National Forest on Thursday, October 19. Eagle Fire – Located northwest of Eagle Peak Lookout and is at approximately 1/10 acres. Peak Fire – […]

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Haze and smoky conditions in southern NM likely due to fires in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho and Montana

Current information about smoke:  Latest smoke info in google earth format Example of product is shown below (screen capture image for 9/7/17): Lincoln National Forest offices have been fielding calls over the past few days regarding smoke/haze in the area.  There are no wildfires on the Lincoln National Forest, and the last day of prescribed […]

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Lincoln National Forest – Prescribed fire update – 7/23/17 4:00 pm – 170 acres treated today on Carissa project on Sacramento District

Prescribed Fire Update – 7/23/17  4:00 pm – Firefighters have completed ignition operations for today (7/23) on the Carissa project.  They were able to treat 170 acres today (7/23). Prescribed Fire Update – 7/23/17  12:30 pm – Ignitions are underway on the Carissa prescribed fire project on the Sacramento District.  Smoke may be visible as firefighters ignite slash piles. […]

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Lincoln National Forest – Guadalupe Ranger District – Rock Pile Fire – FINAL FIRE UPDATE 7/17/17 – 1:20 pm

Fire Name: Rock Pile Fire Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District Date/Time Detected: 07/12/17  4:00 pm Location: West of Big Canyon, 12 Miles from Queen, NM Lat/Long:  Lat: 32°, 1′, 42.53″,  Long: 104°, 45′, 59.77″ Legal Description: T26S, R21E, NWSW Sec 24 Firefighting Resources: 6 personnel, 1 Engine Values at Risk: None Hazards: Snags, […]

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Lincoln National Forest – White Horse Fire Update – 7/15/17 1:45 pm

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District Date/Time Detected: 07/07/17   3:15pm Location: Approximately 14 miles northwest of Ruidoso, NM in the White Mountain Wilderness. Lat/Long: Lat 33°, 27′, 20.67″ x Long 105°, 50′, 48.84″ Legal Description:  T10S, R10E, Sec 12 Firefighting Resources:  One Forest Service engine, plus overhead. Values at Risk: None identified at this time Hazards: Terrain, snags […]

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Gila National Forest – Whiterock & Tower Fire, Glenwood Ranger District – July 13, 2017

Whiterock Fire Location:  4 miles west of mile marker 37 on U.S. Highway 180 and south of Saliz Pass, near the top of Whiterocks Mountain close to the Arizona border. Legal description — T9S, R21W, Section 30. Start Date:  July 10, 2017                               Size: ~20 acres                  Cause:  Lightning Vegetation:  Ponderosa pine transitioning into pinon juniper Resources:  […]

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Lincoln National Forest -Logan Fire – FIRST & FINAL UPDATE – 7/3/17 – 11:45 AM

The Logan Fire, on the Sacramento Ranger District,  was reported yesterday (7/2/17) afternoon.  The fire’s location:  3 miles west of Sacramento Lookout and 3 1/2 miles south of Sunspot.  Upon initial size up of the fire, Forest Service firefighters determined that it was caused by lightning and several cabins, about 1/2 mile away, were identified as potential values at risk.  Firefighters proceeded with a full […]

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Gila National Forest – Round Fire June 26, 2017 @ 0900

Location:  Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District Start Date:      June 6, 2017               Size:    7,269 acres      Cause: Lightning Vegetation:    Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component Resources:     Four wildland fire modules, 3 engines, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 101 Containment: 0% (managed for multiple […]

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Gila National Forest – Corral Fire and Straw Fire – June 23, 2017 @ 1000

Corral Fire The Corral Fire is estimated at 17,029 acres and is burning with low to moderate intensity in pinon juniper grassland fuels and some pine stringers.  Recent operations have been working to keeping fire from crossing FR 150 and monitoring fire behavior.  Wilderness District Ranger Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton stated “I am very pleased with the […]

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Gila National Forest – Round Fire 6/23/2017 @ 0900

Location:  Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District Start Date:      June 6, 2017               Size:    6,577 acres      Cause: Lightning Vegetation:    Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component Resources:     Four wildland fire modules, 4 engines, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 69 Containment: 0% (managed for multiple […]

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Gila National Forest – Gravel Fire June 22, 2017 @ 0900

Location:  in the area of Snow Lake, Reserve Ranger District, Gila National Forest Start Date:  June 9, 2017                  Size:  2,873 acres                  Cause: Lightning Vegetation:  Short grasses, timber understory and heavy logging slash Resources:  77 personnel, including 2 Type 6 engines. Containment:  0% (managed for multiple resource objectives) Summary:  The Gravel Fire is burning on National […]

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