Ruidoso – Approximately 510 acres of slash piles generated from forest thinning activities on the Smokey Bear Ranger District are scheduled to be burned October 18-22, 2010, weather conditions permitting.
The Munoz Prescribed Burn is part of the Southwestern Region's Central Priority of restoring fire-adapted ecosystems, which includes reducing the risk of crown fires, protection of private resources and restore forest health.
The location of the burn area is northeast of Ruidoso Downs, near Devils Canyon by the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport. Residents in Ruidoso and surrounding Lincoln County communities will see and smell smoke for the duration of the burn.
When burning begins, signs will be posted along roadways, which may be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution. As always, firefighter and public safety are the top priority.