LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST CLOSES MAY 12

Release Date: May 11, 2011  

Contact(s): Chad Stewart, Joseph Garcia


Alamogordo, NM (May 10, 2011) – Due to extreme fire conditions, Lincoln National Forest officials will close the forest to public access starting 8:00 a.m., May 12, 2011.

Recent fire activity includes the Mayhill Fire, which has burned approximately 5,000 acres in Otero County, the Queen and Last Chance Fires, which have burned approximately 57,000 acres in Eddy County, and the White Fire which burned more than 10,000 acres in Lincoln County.

Forest Service Law Enforcement and staff will be patrolling forest roads and trails. Signs will be placed along highways and flyers will be posted throughout the communities to remind the public that the Lincoln National Forest is closed. The use of all campgrounds, day use picnic areas, and trails on the Forest are closed. All National Forest System Roads will be closed, but all interstates, state and county roads through the Lincoln National Forest will remain open. Property owners and their guests will continue to have access to private lands within the Forest.

The Lincoln National Forest will reopen to the public when sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce our extremely dry conditions and reduce the risk of wildfire to a manageable level.

            To report a fire, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-695-1663 or (575) 434-2286 or dial 911. For more information on current fire restrictions on public lands in New Mexico and Arizona, call

1-877-864-6985. This is a toll-free hotline sponsored by natural resource agencies in the Southwest. 

For more information about the Fire Closure Order or the Lincoln National Forest, please contact the Supervisor’s Office at (575) 434-7200, or one of the following District Offices - Smokey Bear Ranger District – (575) 257-4095; Sacramento Ranger District Office – (575) 682-2551, and Carlsbad Ranger District Office – (575) 885-4181, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.