NEWS ARTICLE: 06-28-16

Carson National Forest Fire Fighting Resources Ready

Taos, N.M., June 28, 2016—Thanks to forest user vigilance and response by Carson NF fire personnel, wildfires have been kept to a minimum this year. Twenty seven wildfires on the Carson National Forest have claimed a total of 18 acres to date: eleven human-caused fires claiming 3 acres, and 16 lightning fires claiming 15 acres.

 

Firefighting resources are available and prepared to respond to potential fire situations in and around the Carson NF. Aside from the local firefighting resources are: the Boise Hotshots, Two Initial Attack Dispatchers from the Lewis and Clark / Helena NF, a Forest Duty Officer from the Custer Gallatin NF, an Information Officer from Santa Fe Zone, and a West Yellowstone Smokejumper—Type 3 IC.  The Carson NF is sharing an Air Attack, Type 2 helicopter with a Rappel crew, and the local T3 helicopters with the Santa Fe NF. 

 

Fire prevention and other fire management personnel keep busy this time of year either patrolling the forest; or talking with people on how to prevent catastrophic fires.  Some topics Fire Prevention personnel share with the public are, campfire and smoking safety, chainsaw safety (spark arrestors), vehicle parking, defensible space (clearing around homes), red flag warnings, trash or debris burning and of course sharing with children, the beloved Smokey Bear message, “Only you can prevent wildfires.”

 

Although scattered rain showers within the Carson NF have helped to reduce fire danger from very high to high, dry conditions remain. The Carson National Forest thanks the public for their continued fire prevention awareness. Enjoy a safe, fire-free Fourth of July weekend.  

 

The Fourth of July is around the corner, and you want to go camping? Why not? Carson National Forest Fire officials say, “Go out, enjoy the outdoors, try camping without a campfire but if you decide to have one, use campfire safety measures.” 

 

“We have not imposed fire restrictions on the Forest because of some of the scattered rain showers we’ve received and predictions for more afternoon showers over the next few days,” said Mike Gagen, Fire Duty Officer, “That doesn’t mean we can be lax about fires.  Our state’s just experienced a devastating wildfire near Mountainair; let’s not allow that to happen here.”

 

CAMPFIRE TIPS TO USE AND SHARE

  • If possible use an established campfire ring, clearing of debris if necessary;
  • Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry   grass, pine needles and leaves;
  • Pile extra wood away from the fire;
  • Clear the area down to bare soil;
  • Keep your campfire safe and small, especially when its windy;
  • Never leave your campfire unattended;
  • Do not bury your coals as they can smolder and re-ignite later;
  • Drown the fire with water and dirt, stir remains, add more water and dirt, and stir again. If its cool enough to stick your hand in it, it is cool enough to leave;
  • Make sure your fire is “dead out” before leaving it unattended.

 

Please remember that fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest system lands.