Forest Closure Continues

Alamogordo, NM (July 11, 2011) – “It has been over eight weeks since I signed the Emergency Fire Closure Order that prohibits access to Lincoln National Forest System lands, and I am thankful for public cooperation during this closure by both community members and visitors to this area” said Robert G. Trujillo, Lincoln National Forest Supervisor. “Southeastern New Mexico continues to be dry with low relative humidity and above normal temperatures. Until the forest receives sufficient rains, we’re determined to continue with the Forest Emergency Fire Closure Order for public and firefighter safety, first and foremost.”

The Lincoln National Forest remains closed.  No use of fire, campgrounds, hiking, picnicking, Off-Highway Vehicles, bicycles, motor bikes, or horseback riding is authorized. All National Forest System Roads are closed, but all interstates, state and county roads through the Lincoln National Forest remain open. Remember, the use of fireworks is always strictly prohibited on all National Forest System Lands.

Lincoln National Forest officials do not take this action lightly. Since weather has been one of the precursors, full forest closure is the best decision involving the public, firefighter and the livelihood of our mountain communities’ safety. Fire restrictions and forest closures are useful tools in limiting the occurrence of human-caused fires. A significant amount of moisture will be required to reduce the extreme fire danger and the Lincoln National Forest will reopen to the public when sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce our extremely dry conditions and reduce the risk of wildfire to a manageable level.

Southern New Mexico is known for its low-land desert and high mountain communities. The Village of Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Capitan, Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Timberon, Sacramento, Weed, Carlsbad, and Queen communities are open, accessible, and business as usual. Check with the local chamber of commerce or business and inquire what fire restrictions are in place that may involve your recreation or travel plans. Stores, restaurants, lodging and other services are available and will be open for all visitors use.

To report a fire, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-695-1663 or (575) 434-2286 or dial 911.

For more information on current fire restrictions on public lands in New Mexico and Arizona, call 1-877-864-6985. This is a toll-free hotline sponsored by natural resource agencies in the Southwest.  Please visit our website:  Southwest Coordination Center at

For more information about the Fire Closure Order or the Lincoln National Forest, please contact the Supervisor’s Office at (575) 434-7200, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or one of the following District Offices:

  • Smokey Bear Ranger District – (575) 257-4095, open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday,
  • Sacramento Ranger District Office – (575) 682-2551, open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Saturday
  • Carlsbad Ranger District Office – (575) 885-4181, open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please visit the Lincoln National Forest website at, for the most current information and follow us on Twitter at

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