Pile burning at Bandelier. Courtesy/nps.gov
With the arrival of snow providing good conditions, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning to burn about 30 piles of fuel materials Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The piles are along N.M. 4 between Ponderosa Group Campground and the Bandelier entrance, totaling about 5 acres. Visitors may see smoke at a number of locations just off the highway, including one near the entrance station. There should be little impact on Juniper Campground, and none in the Visitor Center area. The operation is expected to only take one day.
“This burn continues the efforts to reduce flammable fuels along Highway 4,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. “It is intended to make the road corridor a more defensible space against the spread of wildfires that could threaten lives and property, including park facilities.”