Fire officials on the Sacramento Ranger District inCloudcroft, NM, plan to prescribed burn in the Walker and Burnt Canyon areas near Mayhill, NM. The project will begin in November and carry into February.
Exact ignition dates are dependent on weather and fuel moisture conditions. Fire managers will monitor conditions closely to ensure they fall within acceptable ranges. Optimal conditions will result in good ventilation and smoke dispersal, as well as help achieve the desired effects on the ground during and after the burn.
Optimal weather and fuel conditions required for the project will likely coincide with hunting season. Therefore, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts destined for this area may see fire, smoke, fire personnel and equipment. Please use caution when traveling or hunting near the project area.
The purpose of the project is to reduce hazardous fuels near the town of Mayhill, NM following thinning and fuelwood removal activities. The Walker and Burnt Canyon units cover 374 acres and are located on national forest land 1-5 miles north of Mayhill. Reducing hazardous fuels will help reduce the threat of high-severity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and natural resources. By prescribed burning, fire managers reintroduce fire into a fire-adapted ecosystem; thus, improving forest health, forest structure, forest resiliency and wildlife habitat.
Smoke from this burn could be visible from Mayhill, 16 Springs, James Canyon, Cloudcroft, and the surrounding areas. Smoke may settle into drainages and lower elevations at night but should dissipate by late-morning when daytime temperatures increase. In the event smoke is encountered on roadways, motorists are advised to reduce travel speeds and turn on headlights. For additional information about prescribed fire projects on the Sacramento Ranger District, please call Aaron Riise or Caleb Finch at 575-682-2551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.