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Hazardous Fuels Treatment in Forest Begins Jan. 8

on January 3, 2013 - 6:37am

SNFN News:

The Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management plans a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment on the Forest for January and February.

Santa Fe Watershed, Espanola Ranger District:

  • Approximately 20 acres of piles are to be treated at any point in time in the Santa Fe Watershed from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable;
  • The pile burn location is approximately six miles east of Santa Fe, one mile east of McClure Reservoir;
  • The pile burn is expected to take place while snow is on the ground, which will help keep smoke levels low;
  • Smoke from the burning activities may settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas, but is expected to lift by mid-morning; and
  • For more information on how to minimize health impacts from smoke, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-888-878-8992 or http://nmhealth.org/eheb/airQ.shtml.

We recognize that smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others. To mitigate smoke impacts, fire managers use different strategies and tactics to manage smoke. For example, during the upcoming burns, smaller blocks of fuel will be treated, which will decrease daily smoke volume. In addition, we also work closely with meteorologists and air quality regulators to burn when conditions will disperse smoke most effectively.

There are a variety of ways the public can get information on fire activity on the Santa Fe National Forest. You may visit local Ranger Stations or our Headquarters in Santa Fe at 11 Forest Lane. To receive fire information, you may sign up to be on our fire notification list by calling (505) 438-5321 or emailing lmlujan@fs.fed.us.You may call our fire information hotline at: (877) 971-FIRE (3473), follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SantafeNF, or visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/ or www.nmfireinfo.com.

Prescribed burns are conducted when specific conditions and criteria align to allow fire managers to safely conduct the burn, while achieving desired objectives. Conditions include: temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for effective smoke dispersion.

 


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