Lincoln National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions Effective July 11

Alamogordo, NM (July 10, 2018) – Due to increased and widespread precipitation across the Lincoln National Forest, fire restrictions will be lifted forest wide at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 11. The monsoonal moisture has also reduced the fire danger level to moderate.

Over the past two weeks, all three districts have received varying amounts of rainfall up to 1.65 inches. The recent rainfall, lower temperatures, and increased humidity have greatly improved fuel moistures making it safe for the public to have attended campfires again.

The Smokey Bear and Sacramento Ranger Districts have had fire restrictions since April 20th, and the Guadalupe Ranger District since May 18th. During that time, there were 43 illegal campfires that were detected by forest personnel. In addition, there have been 23 human-caused wildfires. Fourteen of those were caused by illegal campfires.  All of the human-caused fires were suppressed and contained the same day they were reported. The largest of them grew to a half acre.

“We understand that it takes away from the outdoor experience when you can’t have a campfire but the fire restrictions were necessary for public safety and to protect public lands and adjacent communities from the threats posed by human-caused wildfires,” said Ryan Whiteaker, Fire Management Officer for the Lincoln National Forest. “We appreciate all who abided by the fire restrictions.”

Although fire restrictions will be lifted starting July 11th, it is imperative that all campfires be completely extinguished before leaving your campsite. Drown your fires with plenty of water and make sure they are cool to the touch.

Monsoon season brings strong storms with possible flooding and lightning. Stay informed about weather forecasts when visiting the forest and be prepared for dangerous conditions.