Prescribed Fire Activities Planned On Guadalupe Ranger District

LNFALAMOGORDO, NM – March 22, 2014 – The Soldier Prescribed Fire project is located 40 miles southwest of Carlsbad and approximately 8 miles south of the community of Queen, NM.  Firefighters plan on treating up to 3,300 acres with prescribed fire through broadcast burning. Broadcast burns are controlled applications of fire to fuels, under specified environmental conditions that allow fire to be confined to a predetermined area. Fire behavior and fire characteristics will result in meeting resource management objectives that include:  reducing the threat of wildfire, improved wildlife and range conditions and improved watershed conditions to the Dark Canyon area. Specific criteria must be met in order for a broadcast burn to take place, including smoke dispersal conditions, weather, adequate staffing and fuel moisture. These are all outlined in a site-specific generic nexium price burn plan that is thoroughly reviewed and approved before implementation.

Next week, firefighters will spend time preparing the fire perimeter (holding) lines and fence lines by removing brush from those areas. Prescribed fire ignitions are slated to begin in early- or mid-April, and are dependent on weather and fuel conditions.

Public and firefighter safety is always our priority with both prescribed and wildland fires. On the days of ignitions, the organization that will implement the prescribed burn includes more than 40 firefighters, 4 engines and supervisory (overhead) staff.

For more information about prescribed fire projects on the Guadalupe Ranger District, please contact Loretta Benavidez, Lincoln National Forest Public Affairs Officer at 575-434-7290.

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