Prescribed Fire Activities to Resume on Sacramento Ranger District

Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, NM – July 15, 2017 – With the arrival of late summer rain showers over much of the Lincoln National Forest, fire officials will resume prescribed fire operations on projects within the boundaries of the Sacramento Ranger District, in addition to those already in progress on the Smokey Bear Ranger District. Ignitions on the Sacramento District will be taking place during optimum weather conditions, beginning mid-July and continuing through October, as weather conditions permit.
Sacramento Ranger District Prescribed Fire Projects:
• Carissa, 243 acres: piled slash, this unit is located 11 miles southwest of Weed, NM and one half mile northeast of the Carissa Lookout Tower.
• Creek, 258 acres: piled slash, this unit is located 11 miles southwest of Weed, NM and one mile east of the Carissa Lookout.
• Black Bear, 516 acres: piled slash, about one half mile south of Cloudcroft, NM.

These projects involve treating slash and hand piles, which will be eliminated by lighting individual piles and methodically progressing from one pile to the next, while conditions remain favorable on the day of the burn. Fire managers monitor conditions closely to ensure that they are within the ranges that have been identified in the Burn Plan before they begin ignition operations. Successful prescribed operations will result in good smoke dispersal and desired fire effects. These projects will help reduce fuel loads, which can minimize potential wildfire risks and impacts to the area. Public and firefighter safety are always primary objectives during all fire-related activities.
During ignition operations, smoke may be visible from communities that are in proximity of the prescribed fire projects. Smoke may settle into drainages and lower elevations at night, but usually dissipates by late-morning, as daytime temperatures increase. In the event that smoke is encountered on travel ways, motorists are advised to reduce travel speeds and turn lights on. Although no closure orders are in place, people are discouraged from entering the areas where prescribed burning is taking place—for their own safety and that of the firefighters.