Hazardous Fuels Treatment Planned in Forest

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management has announced that a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment is planned on the Forest in 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 Jan. 7 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable
  • The pile burn location is approximately 6 miles East of the City of Santa Fe, 1 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
  • For more information on how to minimize health impacts from smoke, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-888-878-8992 or visit: 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.

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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