Prescribed fire activities to continue through January on Lincoln National Forest

LNFAlamogordo, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, and Carlsbad, NM – December 14, 2016 – Fire officials on the Lincoln National Forest’s Smokey Bear and Sacramento Districts plan to continue to take advantage of favorable weather and burning conditions through the month of January.  No prescribed fire activities are planned on the Guadalupe District during this time.

District personnel will focus on multiple projects that include pile and broadcast burning.  These prescribed fire projects are located at various sites within the Smokey Bear and Sacramento Districts:

Smokey Bear District – Prescribed Fire Projects:

  • Perk Pile Burn:  hand-piled slash in small blocks from 1 to 100 acres in size (to be burned in a day), located in the Perk, Brady and Cedar Creek Canyon areas west of Mechem Drive, Ruidoso.
  • Grindstone Pile Burn: hand-piled slash, small blocks from 1 to 100 acres in size (to be burned in a day), located south and west of Grindstone Lake and north and west of Mescalero Lake, adjacent to Ruidoso.
  • Grindstone Mesa Pile Burn, 152 acres:  28 large machine-generated piles of slash, located on top of Grindstone Mesa, southwest of Grindstone Lake, near Ruidoso.

Sacramento District – Prescribed Fire Projects:

  • Wet Burnt, 930 acres: broadcast burn, near the headwaters of the Wet Burnt drainage along the Carr Gap road, which is one-half mile southeast of the 16 Springs subdivision and 4 miles north of Mayhill.
  • 171 project, 500 acres:  broadcast burn, located approximately 4 miles south of Weed.
  • Benson Piles, 500 acres:  piled slash, located approximately 7 miles south of Cloudcroft.

During ignitions, a “fire information” board with project-related information, including maps, will be located near the highway junctions or closest road intersections in each respective project area.  “Prescribed Fire” and “Smoke” signs will also be posted in the area.

Actual ignitions are dependent upon current weather conditions weather and fuel conditions on the day of the burn.  Fire managers will monitor conditions closely to ensure that they fall within the ranges identified in the “burn plan.”  Optimal burning conditions must be in place to achieve the desired effects outlined in the burn plan; and will also contribute to good ventilation and smoke dispersal.

These project sites are popular for wildlife and many hunters are attracted to the area during the fall and winter big game hunts.  Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts may encounter fire personnel, equipment and smoke.  Please use caution when traveling or hunting near ongoing projects.      

While ignitions are underway, smoke may be visible from Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Capitan, Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, Piñon, Sunspot, Cloudcroft, 16 Springs, and surrounding areas.  Smoke may be visible or encountered along US Highway 82 and NM State Highways 42 and130, as well as roads in the mentioned communities.   

Prescribed fire updates for the Lincoln National Forest will be posted on For more information about prescribed fire projects on the Lincoln National Forest, please contact Loretta Benavidez, Lincoln National Forest Public Affairs Officer at 575-434-7290.

For general information about the Lincoln National Forest, call 575-434-7200, Monday through Friday (closed on Federal holidays unless stated otherwise), Supervisor’s Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and District Offices are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

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