SANTA FE ― Ignitions on the previously announced East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn could begin as early as Thursday, May 16, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable.
Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are looking at a window between May 16 and May 20 to conduct the 293-acre burn. The project area is located east of State Highway 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos, NM, and south of I-25. Crews will use hand ignitions to reduce the risk of wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.
Smoke may impact the communities of Santa Fe, Pecos, Las Vegas, Rowe, Glorieta, La Cueva, North and South San Ysidro, Ilfeld, San Jose, San Juan, Tecolote, Soham, Ribera, Serafina, Bernal and Anton Chico as well as the I-25 corridor, Forest Road 34, County Road 63A and the Pecos National Historical Park.
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 by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505.827.0006 for additional information.