These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions. This is an innovative step forward to create resilient forests and communities in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
Burns are being planned and implemented in the Rio Grande Water Fund project area, a unique collaborative generating sustainable funding to restore 600,000 acres of forest in northern New Mexico. To date the Burn Team has been comprised of fire managers from the Pueblo of Tesuque, Santa Clara Pueblo, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Taos Ski Valley, Village of Angel Fire, Taos County, City of Santa Fe, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Philmont Scout Ranch, Kirtland Air Force Base Wildfire Module, the Forest Stewards Guild, and others.
The Burn Team will mobilize from May 23 – 30. Our priority will be to support partners to accomplish their projects. Our second priority will be to lead burns on state and private lands. In close coordination with the Pueblo of Santa Clara, we plan to burn together to reduce hazardous fuels near communities. Finally, we will work to prepare for future burns on private and state lands.
Media, elected officials, and landowners interested in observing a burn are encouraged to contact Eytan Krasilovsky as soon as possible to coordinate.