Espanola Fire District Plans Controlled Burn


SANTA FE–Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have been working with the support of the City of Santa Fe, the Nature Conservancy, the Santa Fe Watershed Association, and New Mexico State Forestry to develop a long-term plan to improve forest health in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  Several fuel reduction treatments have been completed to date and another prescribed fire will be conducted as soon as weather conditions are favorable, perhaps as early as next week. 

Hand and aerial ignitions will be used to treat 844-acres in an area located two miles east of Santa Fe and west of the Agua Sarca drainage. 

“The Santa Fe Watershed prescribed fire is designed to minimize the threat of a high-intensity wildland fire in this critical location,” Espanola District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker said. “It will also improve forest health, provide community protection, and contribute to the overall resilience of the watershed,” he added.  

Every effort is made to minimize smoke impacts and all actions are coordinated with the New Mexico Air Quality Department, Air Quality Bureau to ensure that air quality regulations are met; however, smoke impacts are likely, particularly in low lying areas and drainages. Smoke from this fire will be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Glorieta, Pecos Canyon, and the Interstate-25 corridor.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are urged to stay indoors with windows and doors closed when smoke is present.

For more information about this prescribed fire, contact the Espanola Ranger District at 505.753.7331.