Fire managers have successfully treated 1,250 acres of the 7,300 acres scheduled scheduled for up to five days on the San Juan prescribed burn.
Flames and fire are visible from Cat and San Juan Mesas at night and residents will see a “glowing mountain” … this is expected so don’t be alarmed.
Ignitions have started again today on the San Juan prescribed burn and fire managers will continue using hand ignitions to create a blackline along the southeastern/western perimeter of the burn area.
Blacklining consists of pre-burning of woody material on the ground adjacent to control lines.
This afternoon helicopter with an aerial ignition device will be used to treat the interior of the project area from the air.
The use of the helicopter will allow fire managers to quickly treat a larger area.
Smoke from the burn drifts southeast toward Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santo Domino and Cochiti Pueblo. Residents around Los Alamos County also see the smoke from this prescribed burn.
Smoke is expected to settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas tonight, but should lift by mid-morning.
Residents near Ponderosa, Jemez Pueblo and near low-lying areas may wish to keep their windows closed this week.
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.