January Prescribed Burns

Alamogordo, NM (January 5, 2012) – During the month of January, Sacramento Ranger District fire officials plan to prescribe burn slash piles created from past fuels reduction projects.  The slash piles planned for burning include the Cox piles located off of Highway 130 near the upper end of Cox Canyon and the Walker West piles are located along Highway 24, and three miles South and East of Weed, New Mexico.  The district is also planning on igniting up to 250 acres of the Martinez broadcast burn project located on Forest Road 90 (West Side Road) South of High Rolls, New Mexico.

The completion of these prescribed burns will not only reduce fuels but will also promote overall forest health.  The prescribed burns will be ignited based on weather conditions that promote fuel consumption and smoke dispersal.  Ignition of the piles and the broadcast burn units will produce smoke which will be visible throughout the Cloudcroft, Weed and High Rolls areas.

Smoke, may be also present along roads and neighborhoods in the evening and early morning as cold air tends to push smoke down drainages. Both smoke and fire activity will be monitored by fire officials.  Smoke will be visible for several days during and after ignition operations.  As always, firefighter and public safety are the top priority.

For additional information about these prescribed burns or the Lincoln National Forest, please contact the Sacramento Ranger District Office at (575) 682-2551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You can also find us at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest.