Enjoy the Forest and Take Care This Holiday Week

Alamogordo, NM (June 27, 2012) –Families and friends can head to the mountains for some heat-relief and holiday fun, except in the Little Bear Fire area which remains closed for the safety of visitors and firefighters.  The use of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices is always prohibited on national forests and grasslands, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.  The Lincoln National Forest is currently in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, so charcoal, wood, coal, or camp fires are prohibited except in developed campgrounds where grills or fire rings are provided.

Forest officials encourage visitors to enjoy the Lincoln National Forest while keeping safety in mind.  “It is a lot cooler in the higher elevations, so get out and enjoy your national forest.  Build campfires only in developed campgrounds with fire rings provided and make sure your fire is completely out before leaving your campsite,” says Forest Supervisor Robert Trujillo.

Towns and villages in and around the Lincoln National Forest are open for business and ready for your visit, as are many national forest campgrounds and recreation areas.  Cedar Creek Picnic Area, Sam Tobias Memorial Group Areas, and Baca Campground are open for use on the Smokey Bear Ranger District, all campgrounds and picnic areas are open on the Sacramento Ranger District, and Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area on the Guadalupe Ranger District is open from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m., Friday through Monday every week.

For more information on forest activities please visit the Lincoln National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln, call the Smokey Bear District at 575-257-4095, the Sacramento District at 575-682-2551, the Guadalupe District at 575-885-4181, or the Supervisor’s Office at 575-434-7200.