Fire officials on the Lincoln National Forest’s Sacramento and Smokey Bear Districts plan to resume prescribed burning operations during the months of November and December.
Two projects on the Sacramento Ranger District that firefighters will focus on are located south and east of Cloudcroft, NM include:
Cox Canyon, 162 acres: slash piles; about 3 miles SE of Cloudcroft
Spud Forks Piles, 1200 acres: slash piles; 10 miles E of Cloudcroft near County Road C7 (Dry Canyon).
The projects on the Smokey Bear Ranger District are a part of the ongoing collaborative burn program in which multiple land and fire management agencies work together to accomplish critical Wildland Urban Interface treatments. Firefighters from Mescalero, Ruidoso Fire Department, and Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Departments may be observed on these projects, along with the Forest Service personnel. These projects include:
Section 16, 80 acres: broadcast burning of dry grass and needle cast in the Cedar Creek area, just past the Smokey Bear Ranger Station. This will include the fitness trail, picnic grounds and group campsites 1-3. (Ignitions are planned for November 12-14, but may be postponed if weather conditions are not favorable).
Perk Grindstone, 80 acres: hand-piled slash unit is located on Raven Ridge, behind Smokey Bear Ranger Station; between Cedar Creek and Brady Canyons. Ignitions will take place when snow is on the ground.
Slash piles: One to four large slash piles behind the Smokey Bear Ranger Station and along Cedar Creek road will be burned one pile per day, on good ventilation days when snow is on the ground.
Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque this afternoon announced new fire closures taking effect on Monday.
Portions of the Rio Grande Bosque and Sandia Mountains Foothills are being closed although some trails remain open. The county is also closing open-space sites in the East Mountains.
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City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County:
Under the partial closure, citizens may still use the levee roads and established trails in the Bosque and Foothills. Citizens should not be off the established trails.
“The use of our citizens is part of the city’s Bosque preservation and Fire Prevention strategy.” Fire Chief James Breen said. “Limited public access maintains a human presence to report fires in the early stages, report suspicious activity and prohibited activities.”
Bernalillo County is closing the following East Mountain open space areas on Monday:
Ojito de San Antonio
Bosque and Foothill Area Rules
Stay on established paths and levee roads
Use of river is allowed if access to river is accomplished through established paths and levee roads.
Remain on alert.
Citizens cannot access Cibola National Forest and Grasslands wilderness from city open space areas.
Report suspicious activity to 505-242-COPS
Report any fires or other emergencies to 911
Open Burning Ban
Open burning has been banned in public and private outdoor areas within the municipal boundaries of the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Examples include but are not limited to:
Use of model rockets
Open flame devices
Burning may be done in an enclosed chamber devices such as cooking/outdoor grills.