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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 »

Public comments sought: South Sacramento Restoration Project

Posted April 18, 2017 By High Country Posts

ALAMOGORDO, CLOUDCROFT, NM – April 18, 2017 – The Lincoln National Forest proposes to conduct forest restoration activities on up to 140,000 acres on the Sacramento Ranger District. Restoration activities would occur in all ecosystems in the area, including mixed-conifer, ponderosa pine, pinyon-juniper, riparian areas, meadow, and aspen habitat types. The South Sacramento Restoration Project (SSRP) on the Sacramento Ranger District includes areas that either have not been previously treated, or that were previously treated but require additional treatments to support forest restoration and other habitat management goals. Read the remainder of this entry »

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. Read the remainder of this entry »

Lincoln National Forest’s Fire Danger transitions to HIGH

Posted April 6, 2017 By High Country Posts

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. Read the remainder of this entry »

Temporary Closure Order in effect on Sacramento Ranger District

Posted April 4, 2017 By High Country Posts

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. Read the remainder of this entry »

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