The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest will be burning a combination of hand and slash piles beginning May 9, 2019, as conditions and weather allow. The piles are located off Alamo Peak Road within timber sale areas. The prescribed burn aims to claim around 350 acres.
The purpose of the project is to reduce hazardous fuels following thinning and fuelwood removal activities. Reducing hazardous fuels will help reduce the threat of high severity, high-intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and natural resources in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) area that surrounds the communities of Cloudcroft, Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, 16 Springs, and Timberon. Treatments will help fire managers re-introduce fire into a fire-adapted ecosystem, thus improving forest health, forest structure, forest resiliency, and wildlife habitat.
Smoke may be visible for multiple days from the communities of Cloudcroft, Timberon and High Rolls, NM. Smoke may also be visible along roadways in the area, specifically on Sunspot Highway.
Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are met. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. For additional information about this prescribed fire, contact the Sacramento Ranger District at (575) 682-2551.