Lincoln National Forest’s Fire Danger Increases to “Moderate”

LNFALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, CARLSBAD, NM, March 25, 2016 – For Immediate Release.  The Lincoln National Forest has not yet implemented any fire restrictions, however a combination of low moisture, persistent drought, winds and warm weather in southern New Mexico has prompted fire officials to elevate the fire danger rating to MODERATE. This rating reflects conditions on all three districts, including Smokey Bear, Sacramento and Guadalupe. Fire danger is expected to increase as spring conditions intensify and hot summer weather approaches.

A fire danger rating of MODERATE means that fires can start from accidental causes, but the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open, cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy accumulations of fuels will burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fire starts under these conditions are typically controlled quickly.

“Fire activity is beginning to increase on the Lincoln National Forest,” said Dave Bales, Acting Forest Fire Staff Officer. “There is an abundance of cured out grass that serves as a carrier from any type of ignition source. This Easter weekend we expect an increase in the number of visitors to the forest and we want to remind everyone to be vigilant and ensure their campfires are completely extinguished before leaving picnic areas or campsites,” Bales added.

If you plan to visit the Lincoln National Forest, please follow these safety tips:

  • Make sure campfires are dead out!
  • Park vehicles in areas that are paved or bare – NOT in tall, dry grass.
  • If you smoke, do so in areas that clear of vegetation.
  • It’s ALWAYS illegal to possess or use fireworks on public lands.


Additional information about the Lincoln National Forest can be obtained by visiting or calling any of the offices listed below:

Smokey Bear Ranger District, 8 am – 4 pm, Mon – Fri
901 Mechem Drive
Ruidoso, NM  88345

Sacramento Ranger District, 8 am – 4 pm, Mon – Fri
4 Lost Lodge Road
Cloudcroft, NM  88317

Guadalupe Ranger District, 8 am – 4 pm, Mon – Fri
5203 Buena Vista Drive
Carlsbad, NM  88220

Supervisor’s Office, 8 am – 4:30 pm, Mon – Fri
3463 Las Palomas Road
Alamogordo, NM  88310

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