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Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Update

on April 30, 2012 - 10:55am
SFNF News:
Courtesy/geology.isu.edu
 
Fire managers have started prescribed burning this morning within the Gallina Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) project area:
Gallina WUI Prescribed Burn, Coyote Ranger District
  • The project area is located 1mile south of the community of Gallina off of State Highway 96 within the Coyote Ranger District.
  • Fifty to 100 acres will be treated over a two day period.
  • Smoke released from the burn may be visible from the communities of Gallina, Lindrith, Regina and Llaves.
  • The Santa Fe National Forest realizes that 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. For more information on how to minimize health impacts from smoke, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-888-878-8992. Smoke is being monitored and the Forest Service will comply with New Mexico air quality regulations.
  • Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wildland fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection, and restore forest health.
  • Prior to the burn, fire managers consider many factors including: fuel moisture levels, weather forecasts, resources availability, and air quality in determining to ignite or not.
  • To understand more about the terminology used to talk about and describe fire, please visit the following on-line Wildland Fire Terminology Glossary: http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/pubs/glossary/.

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