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Stage 1 fire restrictions in place in Lincoln National Forest

Alamogordo Daily News logo Alamogordo Daily News 4/16/2021 Jessica Onsurez, Alamogordo Daily News
a sign on a wooden bench sitting in the middle of a forest: The sign for Sleepy Grass Campground on the Lincoln National Forest © Nicole Maxwell/Alamogordo Daily News The sign for Sleepy Grass Campground on the Lincoln National Forest

On April 16 the Lincoln National Forest implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions as the New Mexico struggled with ongoing drought conditions.

"The increased fire danger is due to insufficient moisture and dry fuel conditions across the forest," a new release from the U.S. Forest Service read.

“Fire officials use several criteria to determine when to modify fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moistures, fire activity, and available firefighting resources. The purpose of these restrictions is to reduce the risk of unwanted human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and elevated fire weather conditions,” said Fire Staff Officer David Bales.

Under the restrictions the following are prohibited on the Lincoln National Forest: 

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including charcoal grills and briquettes, except in a Forest Service-provided fire structure (i.e., metal ring, permeant on-site grill) within developed campgrounds and day-use areas. Propane grills, stoves, and lanterns with an on/off switch are still permitted.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.
  • Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are ALWAYS prohibited on National Forests.

Violators of the above restrictions are subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation to help keep our forest, firefighters and local communities safe,” said Forest Supervisor Travis Moseley.

“Campfires and charcoal fires in developed campgrounds and picnic areas are allowed but only in Forest Service rings and BBQs. Propane grills are also still allowed, however open fires in any other part of the forest are prohibited.”

According to the National Interagency Fire Center who issues wildfire forecasts for multiple land management agencies, including the Forest Service, the Lincoln National Forest is forecasted to have above-normal wildfire potential through June.

Abandoned campfires continue to be a major cause of wildfires each year, the Forest Service indicated. Visitors to the park should keep water on hand, and a tool to drown and stir fires. 

For more information on Lincoln National Forest fire activity and restrictions, visit the website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln.

Prescribed burns in Mayhill on schedule

Fire Crews planned to continue the scheduled 16 Springs prescribed burn on the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest on April 20.

The 16 Springs Prescribed Burn consists of four areas from Mayhill to Silver Springs. Firefighters will focus on a site about two miles north of Mayhill near Lantham Gap and Burnt Canyon next week.

Prescribed burns were conducted throughout winter and spring, trying to reduce hazardous fuels before the onset of summer when temperatures and moisture levels halt prescribed burning activities and firefighting resources must respond to emergency wildfires.

Firefighters and equipment will be on scene and will continue to monitor the fire for many days following ignitions. Smoke from the 16 Springs Prescribed Burn may be visible from 16 Springs, Mayhill, and Highway 82.

"Each prescribed burn is carefully planned and designed to meet specific objectives," a news release from the U.S. Forest Service read.

"They are always managed with public and firefighter safety as the first priority. To be considered a successful prescribed burn, the fire must carry and consume the dead material on the ground but mild enough to burn at a lower intensity."

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website.

Jessica Onsurez can be reached at jonsurez@currentargus.com, @JussGREAT on Twitter at by phone at 575-628-5531.

This article originally appeared on Alamogordo Daily News: Stage 1 fire restrictions in place in Lincoln National Forest

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