Scene from a previous prescribed burn. Courtesy/SFNF
SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) anticipate a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Thursday, Oct. 25.
Conditions were not favorable enough for the anticipated start date of Oct. 22; therefore, should favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated anytime between Oct. 25 and Nov. 2.
Fire managers plan to target heavier slash left behind from wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
The area is located approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas. Smoke may be visible from Santa Fe, Espanola, Tesuque, Truchas, Cordova, Penasco and El Rito. Smoke is expected to settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings, but should lift by mid-morning.
Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. The burns mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity The Borrego prescribed burn will specifically remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed burns are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
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 https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.
For more information, contact the Española Ranger Station at 505.753.7331.