Lincoln National Forest Archive

Notification of Decision – Hornbuckle Salvage Project

Posted August 3, 2017 By High Country Posts

ALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, NM, August 1, 2017 – The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest has completed the analysis and a decision has been reached for the Hornbuckle Salvage Project. The project area covers approximately 14 acres of National Forest System land within Hornbuckle Canyon in Otero County, New Mexico (Figure 1). The project area is approximately 0.6 miles west of the Sacramento River Road, directly on the south side of Forest Road 90 (Westside Rd.) and is located in Township 18 South, Range 11 East, Section 25; and Township 18 South, Range 12 East, Section 30. Read the remainder of this entry »

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. Read the remainder of this entry »

Monument Fire Update – June 18

Posted June 19, 2017 By High Country Posts

Detected: June 2, 2017 – 5:41
Cause: Lightning
Current Size: 170 acres
Containment: 20%
Location: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District, 8 miles southwest of Weed, NM near the top of Monument Canyon and 4 miles northeast of Timberon, NM.

Resources on Fire: 34 personnel, with 1 Bureau of Land Management and 5 Forest Service fire engines and 1 bulldozer. Read the remainder of this entry »

Monument Fire Update – June 16th

Posted June 16, 2017 By High Country Posts

Detected: June 2, 2017 – 5:41 pm                              Cause: Lightning

Current Size: 100 acres (50% active fire)                  Containment: 20%

Location: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District, 8 miles southwest of Weed, NM near the top of Monument Canyon and 4 miles northeast of Timberon, NM

Resources on Fire: 34 personnel, including 1 BLM and 4 FS engines and 1 bull dozer

  • This week’s hotter and drier weather conditions (forecasted through the weekend) are contributing to moderate fire behavior and an increase in fire activity and smoke production. Westerly winds 10 – 14 mph.
  • Next week’s weather forecast:  (Monday-Wednesday) mostly clear then partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. 
  • No aerial ignitions are scheduled.   

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Lincoln National Forest’s Fire Danger Dips to MODERATE

Posted June 9, 2017 By High Country Posts

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. Read the remainder of this entry »

Monument Fire on Sacramento Ranger District

Posted June 4, 2017 By High Country Posts

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. Read the remainder of this entry »