A prescribed burn is planned Sept. 18 – Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn as early as Sept. 18 through Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District.
Some 338 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of La Jara.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. The La Jara prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels provide community protection, and promote forest health. Prescribed burns are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Smoke will likely be visible from La Jara, Cuba, Regina, Highway 96, and Highway 550. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and drainages overnight, but should lift by midmorning.
Smoke/Air Quality: 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 information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.
For more information, contact the Cuba Ranger Station at 575.289.3264.