The SFNF Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn underway on the Española Ranger District is visible this afternoon from Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of optimal conditions today to conduct the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District.
Smoke management is a key part of the planning and implementation of prescribed burns. The SFNF manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management.
Smoke from the Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn may be visible in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambe and Pojoaque as well as the I-25 and US 285/84 corridors today and for a day or two more.
Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems 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 (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website. Information on the Forest Stewards Guild’s HEPA Filter Loan Program is available here.
The Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn unit is approximately 6 miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and 3 miles west of Ski Santa Fe. For additional information about the 550-acre Pacheco Canyon burn and its objectives, see the March 31 press release at https://go.usa.gov/xH3f9. Every prescribed burn is managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
For more information on the Pacheco Canyon pile burn, contact the Española Ranger District at 505.753.7331.