Lincoln National Forest’s Fire Danger Dips to MODERATE

ALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, CARLSBAD, NM, June 8, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Recent rain showers over the past few weeks have resulted in temporary relief this fire season. Fire officials have determined that now, with the precipitation we’ve received, current conditions reflect a MODERATE fire danger rating for the entire forest, which includes Smokey Bear, Sacramento and Guadalupe Ranger Districts. All Fire Danger Rating signs across the Forest will reflect a MODERATE fire danger rating starting Friday, June 9th.

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.

“While there are no fire restrictions in place in at this time, we can expect an increase in the number of visitors to the forest during the month of June” said Ryan Whiteaker, Fire Staff get nexium cheap Officer.  “It’s important to remind everyone to be vigilant and ensure their campfires are completely extinguished before leaving picnic areas or campsites,” Whiteaker 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 and Sat 8-1 and 2-4

            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