SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest has announced there are no plans to resume treatments in the Santa Fe Watershed project area until this fall when conditions are more favorable.
SFNF would like to thank the public for its continued support for the prescribed fire program.
The Espanola Ranger District was able to safely complete 220 acres this fiscal year on the Santa Fe Watershed prescribed burn project.
The total project is approximately 7,200 acres of which about 5,500 acres have been treated with prescribed fire.
Prescribed fire is an important part of our continued commitment to restore and maintain resilient ecosystems on the forest. It is a tool we use at the right place, at the right time to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community and firefighter protection and restore forest health.
Prescribed burns are conducted when specific conditions and criteria align to allow fire managers to safely conduct the burn while achieving desired objectives. Conditions include: temperature, humidity, wind, moisture and conditions for effective smoke dispersion.
When prescribed burning takes place, theSanta Fe National Forest strives to minimize smoke impacts to communities. Although smoke impacts will inevitably occur, we encourage people to learn where, when, why and how prescribed burns are conducted so they can be better prepared for the potential effects of smoke.
Again, thank you for your patience, understanding and support during the recent prescribed burn treatment periods throughout the Santa Fe National Forest.
The public may continue to obtain prescribed fire information on the Forest throughout the year by:
• Calling the Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Office: 505-438-5320
• Calling the Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Hotline: 1-877-971-FIRE
• Visiting the Santa Fe National Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe
• Visitin the New Mexico Fire Information website: http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com/
• Following the Forest on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SantafeNF
• Being added to the Forest’s notification list. Receive daily updates on Santa Fe National Forest fire management activities by contacting Public Affairs Assistant, Lawrence Lujan at 505-438-5321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the notification list.
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: https://nmtracking.org/en/environ_exposure/fire-and-smoke/.