SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the Diego prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District.
Ignitions for the 378-acre treatment area, located just north of Gilman and two miles southwest of Seven Springs, could begin as early as Oct. 11 and run through Nov. 4, 2016. That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted 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 Diego prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health. These fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored, and the information will be available to provide health advisories as necessary. Smoke may be visible from the communities of Gilman, Canon, the Pueblo of Jemez, Jemez Springs, San Ysidro, Seven Springs, Fenton Lake, NM Highway 4 and NM Highway 550.
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 Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
For additional information about the Diego burn, please contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575.289.3264.