CLOUDCROFT, NM, Nov. 23, 2022 – Fire managers on the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest are preparing to implement one of the prescribed fires planned across the forest this fall and winter. Ignitions on the Lewis Prescribed Fire could begin as early as Monday, Nov. 28, and continue through Thursday, Dec. 1 if conditions remain within the criteria outlined in the burn plan.
This will be a broadcast burn in an area encompassing approximately 684 acres in Blue Water Canyon five miles south of the community of Weed. The objectives of this burn are to reintroduce fire into a fire-dependent ecosystem while reducing fuel loading across the project area which could aid in the protection of natural resources, and private property near communities in the Wildland Urban Interface. Our land management strategy is centered on long-term forest health, including reducing forest fuels and using prescribed fire on the landscape.
Smoke from the Lewis Prescribed fire could be visible from surrounding areas from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft and Weed to Pinion. Smoke may settle into drainages and lower elevations at night, but is expected to dissipate by late morning, as daytime temperatures increase. Motorists are advised to reduce travel speeds and turn lights on if smoke is encountered on travel ways.
The areas around the project are popular for wildlife and attract many hunters during the hunting season. The optimal weather and fuel conditions needed for these projects coincide with hunting season, so hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts destined for this area may see fire, smoke, fire personnel, and equipment. Please use caution when traveling or hunting near the project area.
For additional information about prescribed fire projects on the Sacramento Ranger District, please call 575-682-2551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.