Lincoln National Forest Partially Reopens For Public Access

Alamogordo, NM (July 15, 2011) – “Recent precipitation along with higher humidity and increased fuel moisture that has lowered the fire danger allows me to reopen the Smokey Bear and Sacramento Ranger Districts for public access and use effective July 21, 2011,” said Robert Trujillo, Lincoln National Forest Supervisor. “The Guadalupe Ranger District will remain closed to public access and use as part of the Stage III Fire Restriction Closure Order until the District receives sufficient moisture to decrease the fire danger.” The partial closure does not affect federal, state, or county highways that lead into the mountain community of Queen, in southeastern New Mexico. Property owners and their guests will continue to have access to private lands within the Guadalupe Ranger District.

The following fire restrictions will remain in place until rescinded and include prohibition of:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, including charcoal fires.
  2. Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or a smoking approved building.
  3. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  4. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order meeting either the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE recommended practice J335 (b) and J350 (a); 36 C.R.R. § 261.52(j).
  5. Chainsaw use will not be allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. through midnight.

People are allowed to use pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, or space-heating devices provided such devices meet the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) specifications for safety on the Smokey Bear and Sacramento Ranger Districts.

As always, fireworks are prohibited on all National Forest System lands.

We would like to remind Forest visitors that while the fire danger has decreased, it is not completely gone as rain showers have been scattered throughout the Forest. Remember:  Public safety is at the top of our list, and we believe the elevated fire restrictions and partial closure of the Forest reduces the risk of human-caused fires.

For more information about the Fire Closure Order or fire restrictions on 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 Saturdays. Carlsbad Ranger District Office – (575) 885-4181, open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To report a fire, call (575) 434-0778.

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  1. Comment by Buddy575:

    This is absolutely unbelieveable…..Have they been to Timberon? Right just think of the money and not the safety of the mountain and it’s residents!!!

  2. Comment by Alex:

    Just one question, will all cloudcroft’s forest be open?

  3. Comment by Bultaco370:

    cloudcroft doesnt have any forest,the lincoln is open and it surronds cloudcroft

  4. Comment by Patrick:

    Hey Buddy, You are so right! as long as the forest is closed to the public the residents shouldn’t even be aloud there as well!  

  5. Comment by Barbara Hansen:

    Residents, like visitors, are not allowed to use the forests, either. The restrictions apply to everyone.

  6. Comment by Jose:

    So on July 21st the lincoln forest will be open to the public?

  7. Comment by Rs2477:

    Let me add a different prospective here. I believe the Forest should NEVER close, its public land. Study after study indicates having forest users present leads to not only faster fire reporting, but also catching those that start fires. Lets face it, those that typically start fires are not likely to honor a closure anyways. The above speech was made the Fire Chief a day before they closed the Bosque in Albuquerque,(he was over ruled obviously) a day later a kid started a fire. He happened to be partially observed somehow, but many fires from Hobos in the past were not and lead to disaster. Rather then jumping onto the lock it up band wagon, think about those consequences a little more.

    The Lincoln has 3 districts, the Smokey and Sacramento are the ones re-opening because they have scored big already with the monsoons. The Guadalupe down south remains closed, so you need to know what district you are going to.

  8. Comment by Barbara Moore:

    You are pretty stupid.  Thanks for proving it.

  9. Comment by Mark from Ft. Worth:

    When will the restrictions be lifted? The monsoons are here. To be honest though , I prefer to have a campfire when it’s difficult to keep my wood dry. ( never take chances ).

  10. Comment by another local resident:

    i hate to burst your bubble but when the forest is closed NO ONE, including residents, is allowed in.

  11. Comment by another local resident:

    actually, as of today, only scattered areas of the forest have had any decent rain.