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 »


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. 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 »