Prescribed Burning Planned Near Weed, NM This Fall

Cloudcroft, NM (September 24, 2012) Fire officials have completed extensive prep work and planning for a prescribed burning project on a designated area of Federal land south of the junction of NM Highways 130 and 24, and north of Weed. Prescribed burning in this area will begin around October or November if the required conditions can be met. Predicted weather and smoke ventilation as well as fuel moisture levels must meet established criteria before prescribed burning can begin. 

During a prescribed burn, firefighters ignite a low intensity fire that consumes ground fuels as well as “ladder” fuels that can carry wildfire up into the tree canopy. Prescribed burning reduces fuel loading, improves forage for wildlife and livestock, and helps maintain the forest ecosystem.

The purpose of this project is to increase forage and grasses for wildlife while generic nexium reviews removing slash generated during recent thinning projects in wildlife openings. This project area is popular for wildlife and therefore also attracts many hunters during hunting season. Because the timing of optimal weather and fuels conditions needed for prescribed burning coincides with hunting season, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts destined for this area will likely be impacted. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. This project is being coordinated with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Smoke from this burn will be visible from Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, Pinon and the surrounding areas, and may also settle along roads during the evening and early morning.

You may contact the Sacramento Ranger District at (575) 682-2551 or 4 Lost Lodge Road in Cloudcroft, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln.