All Districts on Lincoln National Forest Open to Public

Alamogordo, NM (July 28, 2011) – Effective July 29, 2011, at 8:00 a.m., Lincoln National Forest Supervisor Robert Trujillo will rescind the Stage 3 Emergency Area Fire Closure Order which opens all Lincoln National Forest Ranger Districts to the public. Due to current fire danger and weather patterns, the threat of wildfires is still high. For this reason, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions will remain in place on all Districts as follows:

Prohibited:  Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, tiki torches or wood stoves. Visitors are allowed to create a fire ONLY at the following identified Lincoln National Forest campgrounds or picnic areas using the provided fire rings or grills: Sacramento Ranger District – Apache, Pines, Saddle, Lower & Upper Fire, Trestle Recreation Area, Deerhead, Sleepygrass, Slide, Aspen, Black Bear, Silver and Silver Overflow campgrounds. The use of pressurized liquid gas-fueled or petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices, which meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety are allowed.

Prohibited:  Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

Prohibited:  Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.

Prohibited:  Possessing, discharging, or using a firework or any other pyrotechnic device.

Prohibited:  Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

 

Open burning may still be prohibited on non-federal, non-municipal lands at local county and city levels in southeastern New Mexico. Please check with local agencies and authorities before creating a fire.

“On April 28, 2011, I signed and implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions affecting the Lincoln National Forest,” said Forest Supervisor, Robert Trujillo. “On May 12, I signed the Emergency Area Fire Closure Order closing all three districts of the Forest to public use and access. It is always a very serious decision to close National Forest System Lands and the decision to lift the closure is only made when factors such as fuel moisture, Energy Release Components, and weather patterns indicate it is reasonable to do so. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are still in place and our visitors must be respectful of that for the Forest to remain open. It will take all of us working together to ensure that our Forest stays fire safe.”

The 2011 Fire Season began earlier this year due to the dry winter, above normal temperatures and high winds. Due to the elevated no prescription nexium fire danger concerns and the agency’s priority for public and firefighter safety, fire restrictions and subsequent closures were implemented. These efforts have proven

to be effective in that there have been few human-caused fires in the area. Local fire prevention team members have effectively kept the public informed of the Emergency Area Fire Closure and the current Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.

The Lincoln National Forest would like to thank the public for their cooperation during the closure and imposed fire restrictions. Additional firefighting resources such as Hotshot crews, engines, and air resources are and will remain in place. Community protection and public safety are always first and foremost.

Ruidoso Mayor, Gus Raymond Alborn said, “What a great effort by everyone. The White Fire occurred in Ruidoso Downs and no one was injured. The citizens of this community would like to thank the U.S. Forest Service and volunteer fire department employees for their efforts during this wildfire incident. I also want to take this time and remind the public that our mountain communities are open, accessible, and business as usual. And, don’t let your guard down, always be fire safe now and throughout the year.”

As a reminder, it will take more rains and snow through the rest of the monsoon and winter seasons to help bring moisture levels back up within the Forest. Forest officials ask that everyone continue to practice good fire safety all year round.

The Lincoln National Forest would like to remind business owners and organizations that helped inform the public of the “Emergency Area Fire Closure” to remove the information signs/placards or display sheets on their counters, windows, and doors. If you have Stage 2 Fire Restriction notices posted, those visual displays are accurate until that order is rescinded.

For additional information on Lincoln National Forest fire restrictions, please contact the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office at (575) 257-4095, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the Sacramento Ranger District Office at (575) 682-2551, Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or the Guadalupe Ranger District Office at (575) 885-4181, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more Lincoln National Forest information, please review our website at:  www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln and follow us on Twitter at:  lincolnsmokey@twitter.com.

Additional fire information can be obtained at http://gafc.nifc.gov.swcc  and http://www.nmfireinfo.com, or call toll free 1-877-864-6985.