Wildfires

Prescribed burning to resume on Lincoln National Forest

November 1st, 2013 at 2:01 pm by under Latest Posts, 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.

Lincoln National Forest changes fire restrictions

July 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm by 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.


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted in the Gila

July 9th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by 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.


Disaster relief funds headed to NM

June 10th, 2013 at 3:57 pm by under Latest Posts, 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.


City, county announce fire closures

June 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm by under Wildfires

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.

KRQE News 13′s Emily Younger is covering this story for the 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts and for KRQE.com.

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:

  • Carlito Springs
  • Ojito de San Antonio
  • Sabino Canyon
  • Sedillo Ridge
  • Sandia Knolls

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:
  • Open burning
  • Bonfires
  • Recreational fires
  • Use of model rockets
  • Open flame devices
  • Burning may be done in an enclosed chamber devices such as cooking/outdoor grills.

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