Prescribed Fire Activities Planned At Ski Apache

LNFALAMOGORDO, NM – March 18, 2014 – Prescribed fire operations will be conducted on the Lincoln National Forest’s Smokey Bear Ranger District at Ski Apache ski area in March and April, as weather and fuel conditions allow.

The primary goal of this prescribed fire project is to reduce slash piles, left over from hazard tree removal from the Little Bear Fire.

Public and firefighter safety is always our priority with both prescribed and wildland fires. The Forest Service is working closely with Ski Apache Personnel to coordinate the pile burns to avoid any possible impacts on ski area users.  At this time, there are no road closures planned on Forest Service Road 128 or NM State Road 532, however it is recommended that if travelers are driving to or from the ski area, please proceed with caution, as firefighters and fire engines will be working in the area.

Smoke will be visible from various points around the Ruidoso, Alto, Capitan and Carrizozo communities. during ignition operations. There may be some residual smoke that drifts down to the parking lot at the ski area  during evening and early morning hours.  If smoke is encountered on travel ways, motorists are advised to reduce travel speeds and turn lights on.

For more information about prescribed fire projects on the Smokey Bear Ranger District, please call the District Office at 575-257-4095, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can also find us at and follow us on Twitter at