SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct prescribed burns in the Joaquin Canyon on the Jemez Ranger District.
The Joaquin Canyon prescribed burn area, a total of 142 acres, is located approximately 8 miles west of Jemez Springs.
The plan is to conduct the prescribed burn between Oct. 27 and Nov. 30, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, and may be extended further into the fall months.
Once ignitions begin, they are expected to last two to three days.
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.
The Joaquin Canyon 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, and the information will be available to provide health advisories as necessary. Lingering smoke may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete.
Smoke will likely be visible from Jemez Springs, the Pueblo of Jemez, Gilman, Los Alamos, Cuba, Albuquerque, and 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 website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
For additional information about these prescribed burns, contact the Jemez Ranger Station at 575.829.3535.