Monument Fire on Sacramento Ranger District

CLOUDCROFT, NM – June 4, 2017 – The Monument Fire on the Sacramento Ranger District was detected on June 2nd at 5:41 pm.  The fire is located about 12 miles southwest of Weed, NM, along the ridge of the Sacramento Mountains, elevation 8,521 ft. The fire is in a remote location with limited access and travel time to the fire (initial response) was about 3 ½ hours. When firefighters arrived on scene at dusk, they determined that the fire was caused by lightning and they proceeded with an initial assessment of the area that included:  identifying hazards, fire behavior, weather conditions, fuel type and values at risk. Continue reading

Two Goats Watershed Improvement Project will improve Water Supply to Alamogordo

ALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, NM, May 02, 2017 – Two years after the project began, vegetation treatment on the Two Goats Watershed Improvement Project on the Sacramento Ranger District is complete! The treatment was accomplished by grinding and chipping the existing vegetation with a masticator to reduce the fuel load and to improve water infiltration on more than 1300 acres on the Lincoln National Forest. “The Two Goats project was one of Governor Martinez’s high priority watersheds, identified in 2014 and funded by severance tax dollars which were set aside for the purpose of treating priority watershed areas on public lands,” said Beth Humphrey, Sacramento District Ranger. Continue reading

Sacramento Ranger District – Spring update on recreation site availability

Alamogordo and Cloudcroft, NM – April 12, 2017 – The Sacramento Ranger District has opened most recreation sites for the 2017 season. All day-use sites are now open, including the following Forest Service-operated camping areas:  Upper Karr Campground, Lower Karr, Bluff Springs, and James Canyon campgrounds. Please be advised that there are no trash pickup services at our Forest Service maintained campgrounds, and a limited number of trash cans are available at Lower Karr/James Canyon. Visitors are encouraged to be good forest stewards. Please remove trash from campsites and ensure that campfires are never left unattended and completely extinguished before leaving the area. Continue reading

Lincoln National Forest’s Fire Danger transitions to HIGH

ALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, CARLSBAD, NM, April 6, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  With the increase in hotter temperatures and drying winds over the past few days, drier fuel moistures have escalated the potential for an increase unwanted wildland fire starts. Based on current weather and fuel conditions and the increase in public and recreational activities within the Forest during the upcoming weeks, the fire danger rating is transitioning to HIGH.  The Fire Danger Rating signs across the forest will read “HIGH” effective Friday, April 7th.  This HIGH fire danger rating extends across the entire forest, which includes Smokey Bear, Sacramento and Guadalupe Ranger Districts. Continue reading

Temporary Closure Order in effect on Sacramento Ranger District

ALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, NM, April 3, 2017 – For Immediate Release. The Lincoln National Forest has issued a closure order for resource protection and for the protection of public health and safety.

The closure order will include areas fenced off by temporary electric fences within Agua Chiquita, Rio Peñasco and Wills Canyon on the Lincoln National Forest. The closure is necessary to protect people from electric shock and to protect New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (endangered species) habitat. The closure will be in effect April 3, 2017 and shall remain in effect until November 15, 2017. The closure restricts all entry to the restricted area. No authorized roads or trails will be included in the closure. Continue reading

Public invited to participate in workshop to discuss proposed: Southern Sacramento Restoration Project

ALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, NM, March 2, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  The Lincoln National Forest is in the early stages of planning a project in the Sacramento Mountains located within the Sacramento Ranger District, south of Cloudcroft, NM.  The forest is proposing a landscape scale forest restoration project to address forest health and hazardous fuels concerns.  Continue reading