Prescribed Burns on Smokey Bear Ranger District

Alamogordo, NM (February 17, 2012) –Smokey Bear Ranger District fire officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn of up to 104 acres behind the ranger station in Ruidoso in the next few weeks. The project is comprised mostly of slash created from a past fuels reduction project. Completion of this burn will reduce the potential for dangerous wildfire fire activity and improve overall forest health in the area.

The prescribed burn will be ignited based on weather conditions that promote slash consumption and smoke dispersal. Ignition will produce smoke which will be visible throughout the Ruidoso area, and smoke may linger in the area especially down drainages (Brady Canyon & Cedar Creek) as it settles due to cold night time air. Both smoke and fire activity will be monitored by fire officials. As always, public and firefighter safety are the top priority.

If you have health issues that will be affected by smoke in these areas, please contact Nate Cordova at 575-937-4865. For additional information about these prescribed burns or the Lincoln National Forest, please contact the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office at (575) 257-4095, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also find us at and follow us on Twitter at