Sacramento Ranger District Keeps Slash Pit Open Through September

Cloudcroft, N.M. (July 31, 2012) Sacramento Ranger District on the Lincoln National Forest will continue to allow access to the slash pit as a convenience to local property owners through September 8, 2012.

The slash pit is scheduled to be open to the public August 18 & 25, and September 1 & 8, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., conditions permitting. Once the slash pit is full, it will be closed to the public until the fuels can be burned and fully extinguished. As always, public safety is the top priority.

The District will lose its seasonal work force in mid-September and permanent employees will resume their regular schedule, Monday through Friday. If an opportunity arises to open the slash pit in October or November, Sacramento Ranger District fire personnel will inform the local community.

The primary use for the Forest Service slash pit is to dispose of debris from thinning and logging projects on National Forest lands. When possible, the slash pit is made available to local property owners for convenient disposal of woody and vegetative materials, such as trees, branches, shrubs, weeds, and grass. Trash and construction materials are not permitted.

The Forest Service slash pit is neither designed nor intended to meet long-term public demand for treatments on private land. The Otero County Solid Waste Department, La Luz Convenience Station (33 Gravel Pit Road, La Luz) accepts slash, trash, and tires, and also provides recycling services.

You may visit the Sacramento Ranger District at 4 Lost Lodge Road, Cloudcroft, or call (575) 682-2551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information online, please visit

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