A maintenance burn is underway in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
The Los Alamos Fire Department, with the assistance of the Santa Fe National Forest, is conducting a prescribed burn on 26 acres of County open space. The area is in the upper reaches of Pueblo Canyon east of the Aquatic Center.
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 wildlife habitat diversity.
The Los Alamos 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 prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke will likely be visible from the townsite, Espanola, Santa Clara and Santa Fe and from Highways 502 and 285.