Cuba Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns This Fall

SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Oct. 10 and Dec. 31, 2017.
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Cuba District:
  • Diego treatment area, 386 acres north of the community of Gilman and east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp;
  • La Jara treatment area, 338 acres northeast of the community of La Jara; and
  • Cedar Springs treatment area, 536 acres north of the community of LLaves and Dead Man Lookout.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. 
Depending on which unit(s) fire managers select, smoke will likely be visible from Gallina, Cuba, Lindrith, Regina, Llaves, La Jara, Youngsville, Ghost Ranch, Cañones, Rio Chama, the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, Canjilon, NM Highway 96 and US Highway 84. 
Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at
For additional information, contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575.289.3264
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