SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Moya prescribed burn over two days next week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and north of Lindrith. The plan is to begin ignitions Tuesday, April 25, and complete the burn Wednesday.
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. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. The Moya prescribed burn will remove dead forest fuels to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed fire is always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Smoke from the Moya prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease 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’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
Smoke from the Moya prescribed burn will likely be visible from La Jara, Cuba, Regina, Lindrith, El Vado, Dulce, Gallina, Coyote and NM Highway 96.
For additional information about the Moya burn, contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575.289.3264.