Bandelier To Begin Pile Burning As Conditions Allow

A prescribed burn may begin as early as Feb. 19 ng N.M. 4 throughout Bandelier. Courtesy photo


With favorable conditions for pile and prescribed burning present, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning to burn up to 172 acres of piled fuel materials along N.M. 4 throughout Bandelier.

This prescribed burn may begin as early as Feb. 19 and will continue through the winter months as conditions allow. A few days of ignitions are expected.

Smoke may be visible from N.M. 4 and Los Alamos. Little to no smoke impacts are anticipated to nearby communities. No road closures to N.M. 4 are anticipated; however, smoke may temporarily reduce visibility along N.M. 4 as crews ignite nearby piled material. Use caution and reduce speeds while driving near smoke.  

The parameters for implementing a prescribed burn are based upon specific assessments, agency guidelines and safety protocols. Managers continuously monitor weather conditions during a burn including wind, temperature and relative humidity. Fuel quantity and moisture are also measured.

The project will not be started unless all conditions support the burn and associated resources are available. If conditions are not right, the burn may be postponed. 

Smoke/Air Quality: Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at

For more details or general information about Bandelier, check the park website at, or follow the park Facebook page at BandelierNPS.