The Santa Fe National Forest is planning a prescribed fire on the Coyote Ranger District within the next seven days.
The Mesa Camino burn may start as early as tomorrow (Sunday.) If conditions don’t allow that burn to be successful, they may burn in the Gallina area instead. Planned benefits from these burns: reduce hazardous fuels, break up continuous fuels, prepare the land for new growth, help plants and trees to grow healthier, improve wildlife habitat.
Smoke will be monitored and the Forest Service will comply with New Mexico air quality regulations. Smoke from a prescribed fire is considerable less and of a shorter duration than smoke from wildfires, which can burn for weeks and even months at a time. Smaller blocks of land will be treated each day, which will decrease daily smoke volume.
Smoke sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are urged to stay indoors with windows and doors closed. More information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health website http://nmhealth.org/eheb/airq.shtml
Mesa Camino Prescribed Fire
The Mesa Camino prescribed fire will be 12 miles northwest of the Coyote Ranger Station. Smoke may be visible from Ghost Ranch, Canjilon, El Rito, Coyote, Youngsville, Abiquiu and possibly Espanola. Total planned acres to burn is 300-500 but 50-100 are planned for each day as conditions allow.
Gallina WUI Prescribed Fire
The Gallina Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) prescribed fire will be eight miles northwest of the community of Coyote and one mile south of the community of Gallina. Avoid using Forest Road 76 due to potential smoke impacts. Smoke may also be visible from Gallina, Coyote, Youngsville, Lindrith, Regina, Llaves, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, and possibly Canjilon. Total planned acres to burn is 3,500 but 50-100 are planned for each day as conditions allow.