SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to conduct the La Jara prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District sometime between May 22 and June 30, when favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, provide an optimal window.
The 338-acre unit is just north of the community of La Jara. The La Jara 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.
Smoke from the La Jara prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Once ignitions begin, smoke will likely be visible from La Jara, Cuba and Regina and from NM Highway 96 and US Highway 550.
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.