Prescribed Burn of Lincoln National Forest Completed


­­­Lincoln National Forest Forest Bonito Corridor prescribed burn wraps up per the National Forest Service in a released statement today. 

Weather conditions and potential high winds have postponed the planned Nogal, Cedar Creek Corridor burns.

Crews from the Smokey Bear Ranger District have successfully completed a prescribed pile burn in the Bonito Corridor on the Lincoln National Forest.

The scheduled burns for October 10-13 included slash piles in the Bonito, Nogal, and Cedar Creek Corridors near Ruidoso. After completing operations in Bonito area, high wind forecasts in the area prompted the decision to postpone the other two areas.

The area will continue to be monitored for any hotspots. The Nogal and Cedar Creek projects are planned to be resumed next week, pending weather conditions. Updates and notifications will be sent out in advance by the Lincoln National Forest to inform the public.

Prescribed burns are part of the Forest Service’s long-term forest management strategy. Fire is a natural part of the landscape, with long-term benefits ranging from fuel mitigation, to forest regrowth.

A Prescribed fire is a planned fire used to meet management objectives.

Did you know fire can be good for people and the land? After many years of fire exclusion, an ecosystem that needs periodic fire becomes unhealthy. Trees are stressed by overcrowding; fire-dependent species disappear; and flammable fuels build up and become hazardous. The right fire at the right place at the right time:

  • Reduces hazardous fuels, protecting human communities from extreme fires;
  • Minimizes the spread of pest insects and disease;
  • Removes unwanted species that threaten species native to an ecosystem;
  • Provides forage for game;
  • Improves habitat for threatened and endangered species;
  • Recycles nutrients back to the soil; and
  • Promotes the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants;

The Forest Service manages prescribed fires and even some wildfires to benefit natural resources and reduce the risk of unwanted wildfires in the future. The agency also uses hand tools and machines to thin overgrown sites in preparation for the eventual return of fire. 

More prescribed fires mean fewer extreme wildfires.

Specialists write burn plans for prescribed fires. Burn plans identify – or prescribe – the best conditions under which trees and other plants will burn to get the best results safely. Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Prescribed fire specialists compare conditions on the ground to those outlined in burn plans before deciding whether to burn on a given day.

For more updates and information, please visit the Lincoln National Forest website at, or follow us on Twitter: @LincolnUSForest.

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