SANTA FE – As early as today, fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest expect to prescribed burn approximately 372 acres in the La Cueva area through Dec. 31 as weather permits.
The treatment area is approximately seven miles northwest of Pecos.
Smoke may be visible from the communities of La Cueva, Glorieta, Canada da Los Alamos, La Joya, Apache Canyon, Upper Pecos Canyon, Pecos, Rowe, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Watershed. These communities can expect the smoke to settle and possibly impact the area during the nighttime and early mornings.
Smoke also may be visible from I-25 as well as other residences and communities located along I-25.
Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire adapted ecosystems. The prescribed burns mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.
Prescribed burns are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Information on air quality and protecting your health using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.
Direct questions to the Pecos Ranger Station at 505.757.6121 or the Las Vegas Ranger Station at 505.425.3534.