Fire officials on the Smokey Bear Ranger District were planning to implement prescribed burning operations on the Skillet 3 piles project this week. The initial plan was based on last week’s weather, however, with warmer and drier weather today and trending into tomorrow and the next few days, fire managers have postponed ignition operations.
The success of prescribed burning relies not only on the ability to treat acres, but also on the fire manager’s assessment of the burning conditions on the planned day of ignitions. If conditions are not favorable, the burn will be postponed. During the fall, daytime temperatures and humidity can change significantly from one day to the next. Constant monitoring of fuel and weather conditions help managers determine whether or not to move forward with the burn. Sudden changes in weather can limit timeframes that the burns can be conducted. Knowing when to proceed and when to stop the burning activities ensures that the operation is carried out in the safest manner.
The month of October still holds many days of possibilities for burning. Fire crews will work on other projects, with the ability to shift to prescribed fire operations, when the conditions and timing are right.
For additional information about prescribed fire projects on the Smokey Bear Ranger District, please call the District Office at 575-257-4095, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can also find us at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest.