Lincoln National Forest announces prescribed burns coming to 16 Springs area

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16 SPRINGS– The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest announced Nov. 29 that prescribed burning would begin in the 16 Springs area near Mayhill in the last week of November 2021 and last into Spring 2022, weather permitting.

Smoke from the prescribed burn is expected to travel northeast towards Roswell but may impact nearby homes, a Lincoln National Forest press release states.

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"This past summer, the country saw the devastating effects of intense wildfires. Thousands of acres burned, and poor air quality permeated much of the western United States on and off," the news release states. "Prescribed fire is used to reduce risks associated with uncharacteristic wildfires that can pose significant threats to public health and safety."

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Before a prescribed burn is conducted, local weather patterns, temperatures, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, fuel moisture and smoke ventilation are evaluated by fire managers, the news release states.

The Sacramento Ranger District plans to begin prescribed burning in the 16 Springs area approximately five miles north of Mayhill, NM beginning the last week in November 2021 and continuing throughout the Winter and Spring 2022 as conditions allow. Smoke from the prescribed burn is expected to travel northeast towards Roswell but may impact nearby homes.
The Sacramento Ranger District plans to begin prescribed burning in the 16 Springs area approximately five miles north of Mayhill, NM beginning the last week in November 2021 and continuing throughout the Winter and Spring 2022 as conditions allow. Smoke from the prescribed burn is expected to travel northeast towards Roswell but may impact nearby homes.

"Daily ignitions will only occur when environmental factors align with the required prescription that will achieve desired results and meet land management objectives," the news release states "Prescribed fires are conducted in a controlled environment with experienced fire managers on-site carefully implementing the ignition and holding functions on the fire."

For more information on this or other Lincoln National Forest issues call the Lincoln National Forest Supervisor's Office at 575-434-7200.

Nicole Maxwell can be contacted by email at nmaxwell@alamogordonews.com, by phone at 575-415-6605 or on Twitter at @nicmaxreporter.

This article originally appeared on Alamogordo Daily News: Lincoln National Forest announces prescribed burns in 16 Springs area

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