A firefighter at work during last weekend’s prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Courtesy/LAFD
The Los Alamos Fire Department and Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue prescribed pile burns on Los Alamos County land Jan. 23-25.
Firefighters are looking for an opportunity to burn piles in two locations – the first is Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street where crews piled dead and down wood during the summer and Bayo Canyon – 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. 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.
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 communities of Santa Clara, Espanola and Santa Fe and from N.M. 502 and N.M. 285.
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 Environment Department’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
For additional information about these prescribed burns, contact the Los Alamos Fire Department at 505.695.6729 or 505.709.8455.