ALAMOGORDO, NM – July 31, 2013 – With the arrival of monsoons, fire officials on the Lincoln National Forest are planning to take advantage of favorable weather conditions as they resume prescribed burning operations on projects around Ruidoso and Cloudcroft, NM. Ignitions will take place during optimum weather conditions, during the month of August.
Sacramento Ranger District Prescribed Fire Project:
· Bradford, 365 acres: piled slash, this unit is located two miles north of Cloudcroft.
Smokey Bear Ranger District Prescribed Fire Projects:
· Cora Dutton, 98 acres: hand-piled slash. Unit is located one to two miles south, southwest of Capitan, (north side of the Cora Dutton road).
· Skillet, 470 acres: machine-piled slash. Unit is located two miles southwest of Glencoe, off Forest Road 443, also known as Hale Lake road).
· Madden, 475 acres: machined-piled slash. Located four miles southeast of White Oaks, (off of Forest Road 441, between O Bar O Ranch and Carrizo Valley Ranch).
· Tiny, 12 acres: scattered slash. Located 1 ½ miles southeast of Sierra Blanca Regional Airport, (off the Devils Canyon road - E7).
· Little – 949 acres: machine-piled slash. Located east of Rancho Ruidoso and two miles south of Sierra Blanca Regional Airport.
Most of the projects involve slash piles, which will be eliminated by lighting individual piles and progressing from one pile to the next, as conditions allow. Ignitions are dependent upon weather conditions on the day of the burn and during the burning period. Fire managers monitor conditions closely to ensure that they are within the ranges that have been identified in the burn plan. Successful prescribed burning results in good smoke dispersal and desired fire effects. These prescribed fire projects will reduce fuel loads, which can help minimize potential wildfire risks and impacts to the area. Public and firefighter safety are always primary objectives during fire-related activities and missions.
During ignition operations, smoke may be visible from communities that are in proximity of the prescribed fire projects. Smoke may settle into drainages and lower elevations at night, but is expected to dissipate by late-morning, as daytime temperatures increase. In the event that smoke is encountered on travel ways, motorists are advised to reduce travel speeds and turn lights on.
Prescribed fire updates for the Lincoln National Forest will be posted on http://nmfireinfo.com/
The public and media are discouraged from entering into the areas where prescribed burning is taking place for their own safety and that of the firefighters. If there are questions, please contact Loretta Benavidez, Public Affairs Officer at 575-434-7290.