Prescribed Burn Planned for Santa Fe Watershed

USFS News:

SANTA FEBeginning Dec. 2 through Jan. 31, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will look for suitable conditions to conduct a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. 

Through hand ignition firefighters will incrementally burn 115 acres of slash piles located two to six miles east/northeast of Santa Fe, in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels.  

The start date and duration of the burn is subject to change depending on favorable burning conditions. Check or follow the Santa Fe National Forest  on Twitter (SantafeNF) to stay informed about the progress of the burn.

Smoke could possibly settle into drainages and valley bottoms at night but should lift by mid-morning. Areas that may possibly be impacted by smoke include: Santa Fe, east of Santa Fe, Tesuque, and I-25; and to the east from Glorieta to the Pecos Canyon area.

Prior to actual ignition, fire managers will be considering many factors including:  snow on the ground, fuel moisture levels, current and projected weather forecasts, fire personnel resources available, and air quality. All these factors need to be in alignment in order to carry out a successful prescribed burn treatment.

The Santa Fe National Forest is committed to protecting sensitive areas from smoke to the greatest extent possible. All prescribed burning is coordinated with NM Air Quality Bureau. Smoke from prescribed fires is considerably less and of a shorter duration than smoke from wildfires that can burn for weeks and even months at a time. 

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are urged to stay indoors with windows and doors closed when possible.

For more information about this prescribed fire, call the Santa Fe National Forest at 505.438.5320 or visit