Bayo Canyon Pile Burn Operations Begin Saturday


Pile burn operations aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community will resume on County land this week.

The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burning beginning Jan 17, in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

This year’s burn operations will focus on areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The locations have high volumes of fuel and are located directly southwest of housing areas. 

Burn units are located in the bottom of Bayo Canyon between the North Mesa Stable Area and Camino Encantado. Burning is set to begin around 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, depending on the ventilation conditions. Burning will continue through the day Saturday and Sunday, and possibly Monday.

Lingering smoke may be visible throughout and beyond this period as fire crews monitor the piles and consolidate the material to reduce the volume of smoke. 

For more information, visit the Open Space and Trails website at, or contact the Los Alamos Fire Department at 505.662.8301.

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