Prescribed burn image. Courtesy/SFNF
SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.
Ignitions could begin as early as Feb. 24, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.
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. The Joaquin fuelwood unit prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Smoke from the Joaquin fuelwood unit prescribed burn may be visible from N.M. 4, US Route 550, the Pueblos of Jemez and Zia, and the communities of San Ysidro and Gilman.
Smoke from the prescribed pile burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems 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 https://nmtracking.org/fire.
For additional information about this prescribed burns, contact the Jemez Ranger District at 575.829.3535.