TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management will conduct prescribed fires in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument during an approximate one-month period, beginning Oct. 22.
The burns are at Cerro Montoso and Cerro del Aire, 12 miles northeast and 4 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, respectively, and in the Guadalupe Mountains, approximately 1 mile south of Cerro.
Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities, the monument, and highways N.M. 522, US 285 and US 64. Timing of the burns is dependent upon weather and burning conditions.
The purpose of the project is to improve forest health in ponderosa pine and piñon/juniper woodlands, by reducing flammable accumulations of vegetation and reintroducing fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem.
For further information, contact Fire Management Officer Pat Pacheco at 575.751.4717 or Fire Management Specialist Kyle Sahd at 575.751.4767. Follow implementation of these projects on NMFireInfo.com, on Twitter @nmfireinfo or on Facebook.com/nmfireinfo.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.