Chaparral Prescribed Burn Planned Today

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest plans to begin the Chaparral prescribed burn Monday, Oct. 29, two miles south of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp.

Aerial ignitions are planned to assist with treating approximately 1,365 acres over a three-day period.

This controlled burn may produce some visible/noticeable smoke in our area depending upon wind and atmospheric conditions.

Smoke will be visible from Gillman, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Cuba, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.

To reduce exposure to smoke, stay indoors as much as possible with windows, doors and vents closed. Avoid or limit physical activities outdoors.

In the evenings, smoke settles into low lying areas, including drainages; however, lifts by mid-morning when the sun rises. Residents living in such low-lying areas may be most affected.

The public can obtain prescribed fire information by:

  • · Calling the Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Office: 505-438-5320.
  • · Calling the Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Hotline: 1-877-971-FIRE
  • · Visiting the Santa Fe National Forest Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe
  • · Visiting the NM Fire Information Website: http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com/
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