November 1st, 2013 at 2:01 pm by Hawa Konte under News, Wildfires
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.
July 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm by Hawa Konte under Wildfires
The recent rains in southern New Mexico have been a welcome change.
It has helped out with the fire danger somewhat.
The Lincoln National Forest will be scaling back fire restrictions to Stage 1.
It goes into effect starting Friday at 8 a.m.
The areas affected will be the Smokey Bear Ranger District, the Sacramento Ranger District and the Guadalupe Ranger District.
That means you can’t build fires or grill except in designated sites.
July 9th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by Hawa Konte under Wildfires
With the recent rainfall, stage one fire restrictions have been lifted in the Gila National Forest.
Visitors are now able to light campfires again in undeveloped areas of the forest.
A forest supervisor says fewer human-caused fires allowed for personnel to focus on the Silver Fire and other lightning-strike fires.
Visitors are still encouraged to practice appropriate campfire and smoking safety in the forest.
July 3rd, 2013 at 12:36 pm by Hawa Konte under Community Affairs, Wildfires
There are two meeting about the fires burning in New Mexico Wednesday
One is at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Jaroso Fire.
It will be held at the BLM office at 301 Dinosaur Trail, off Highway 14.
In the Pecos, state officials are holding a public meeting to discuss the impacts of the Tres Lagunas Fire, including flooding.
The meeting is at 6 o’clock Wednesday night at the Pecos High School auditorium.
June 10th, 2013 at 3:57 pm by Hawa Konte under News, Wildfires
The federal government is sending New Mexico and 14 other states $67 million in disaster relief Monday to help recover from last year’s devastating wildfires and storms.
The funds had been held up for months by budget battles in congress and were stripped from the $60 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that passed in late January.
The money will be used to repair infrastructure and damaged stream beds that can lead to flooding or mudslides.