USDA postpones prescribed burn in Lincoln County

Juan Corral
Alamogordo Daily News

Weather concerns prompted the cancellation of planned prescribed burns within the Lincoln National Forest, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday.

Gusts as high as 24 miles per hour were forecast for Alamogordo and the Sacramento Mountain area for May 24, according to the National Weather Service.

The burn planned for Wednesday May 24, since postponed, would have covered 35 acres near the Sacramento Ranger District headquarters.

No new date was set, but officials said it will be rescheduled.

“Prescribed fires are intended to reduce hazardous fuels that have accumulated due to drought, climate change, insects and disease, as well as decades of fire suppression,” according to the USDA news release.

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The prescribed burn for Tuesday, May 23 was said to be a success by Forest Service officials. The fire was a part of the 684 acre Lewis Prescribed Fire Project near Weed and successfully burned 40 acres.

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