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Current Burn Ban Lifted

Forest Service News Release

Media Contact: Amanda Fry

(575)270-2726

Lincoln National Forest raises fire danger rating

Rating increases to ‘high’ for all three forest districts

ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico, April 19, 2024 – The Lincoln National Forest has increased

the fire danger rating from “moderate” to “high” effective April 19, 2024. The measure is a part

of ongoing efforts to mitigate wildfire risk in the area.

When the fire danger is "high", fires can start easily from most causes and small fuels (such as

grasses and needles) will ignite readily. Unattended campfires and brush fires are likely to

escape. Fires will spread easily, with some areas of high-intensity burning on slopes or

concentrated fuels. Fires can become serious and difficult to control unless they are put out

while they are still small.

There are currently no restrictions against campfires on Lincoln National Forest, however, it is

important that visitors are aware of the risks and take the proper precautions. Fireworks remain

strictly prohibited on Forest Service land.

According to Wildland Fire Management Information (WFMI), nearly 85 percent of wildland

fires in the United States are caused by humans. Human-caused wildfires result from

abandoned campfires, improper burning of debris, equipment use and malfunctions,

negligently discarded cigarettes, and intentional acts of arson.

Visitors to Lincoln National Forest are advised to use caution when using a campfire or

outdoor cooking. Ensure all fires are completely extinguished by completely drowning the site

with water, and making sure the campfire site is cool to the touch before leaving. Avoid parking

vehicles in dry grassy areas, and ensure all trailer chains are properly secured to avoid sparks.

These precautions are essential in preventing wildfires in the area. For more information

and updates on conditions in Lincoln National Forest, please visit

www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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