SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to conduct a prescribed burn today on the Jacquez unit of the Moya treatment area on the Cuba Ranger District.
The 1,140-acre unit is just west of the community of Llaves and east of the community of Lindrith. The Jacquez unit prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.
Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Once ignitions begin, smoke will likely be visible from La Jara, Cuba, Regina, Lindrith, El Vado, Dulce, and NM Highway 96.
Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems 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. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.