San Juan Prescribed Burn 95 percent Complete – 7,000 acres treated, 300 acres remain
Fire managers have completed ignitions on the San Juan prescribed burn for today, Thursday, Oct. 18.
Today, 5,750 acres were successfully treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Since yesterday, 7,000 acres have been treated.
Favorable conditions allowed fire managers to treat a greater area today and complete most of the burn, therefore limiting the number of days smoke will be in the air.
Tonight, firefighters will remain on-site monitoring the burn area.
Tomorrow, if conditions are favorable, fire managers will continue treating the remaining 300 acres with prescribed fire.
Tonight, flames/fire will be visible from Cat and San Juan Mesas. Residents will see a “glowing mountain.” This is expected so don’t be alarmed.
Smoke from today’s burning activities primarily drifted southeast of the burn area.
Potential impacts tonight could occur west of the Sandia’s and in Santa Fe County, including the City of Santa Fe and El Dorado.
Light smoke could also occur in Los Alamos and White Rock. An inversion is expected tonight. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas, but will lift by mid-morning.
Residents near Ponderosa, Jemez Pueblo and near low-lying areas may wish to keep their windows closed tonight.
For more information on how to minimize health impacts from smoke, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-888-878-8992 or visit: http://nmhealth.org/eheb/airQ.shtml.