Lincoln National Forest _ Prescribed Fire Update

LNFPrescribed burning operations began in January and continue into the month of February on the Sacramento Ranger District.  Projects include:

-Cox Canyon, 162 acres of slash piles, located about 3 miles southeast of Cloudcroft.

-Spud Forks Piles, 1200 acres of slash piles, located about 10 miles east of Cloudcroft near County Road C7 (Dry Canyon).

-Ridge Pile unit, 1100 acres of slash piles, located 6 miles southwest of Cloudcroft (along NM Highway 6563 in the Benson Ridge area).

To date — 450 acres have been treated on the SPUD FORKS project.

On Thursday and Friday (Feb 6-7), firefighters will focus on treating slash piles within the RIDGE PILE unit, located about 7 miles southwest of Cloudcroft. The area will be patrolled over the weekend and ignitions will resume next week, as weather and fuel conditions will allow.

TODAY (Thursday, February 6), ignition operations began late this morning within the “Ridge Pile” unit and will continue through early afternoon. Smoke will be visible during ignitions and possibly into the evening.  Residual smoke is expected to settle in lower elevations overnight, but should lift around mid-morning on Friday.

Prescribed fire operations will be ongoing as long as weather and fuel conditions remain favorable.  Wednesday’s snowfall in the Sacramento Mountains resulted in optimum conditions for pile burning activities. Smoke may be visible from Cloudcroft and the surrounding area during ignition operations.