SFNF to Burn 3,500 Acres of Hazardous Fuels

SFNF News:

Fire managers plan to begin ignitions Tuesday, Dec. 11 within the Coyote Ranger District to treat hazardous fuels with prescribed fire.

The total acreage includes Mesa Camino and Gallina WUI prescribed burn project areas. Depending on conditions, either one or the other project area will be treated next week.

This is an ongoing project that began 10 years ago. Approximately 75 percent of the project has been completed in prior treatments.

Gallina WUI, Mesa Camino, Coyote Ranger District:

  • Approximately 50 to 100 acres are to be treated per day when conditions are favorable
  • The broadcast burn area is located approximately 1 mile South of State Highway 96; Township 23 N, Range 1 E, Sections 13-17, 20-28
  • During Gallina WUI operations, smoke may be seen from Gallina, Lintreth, Cuba, Llaves, Regina, Coyote, and Abiquiu
  • During Mesa Camino operations smoke may be seen from Chama Highway, Ghost Ranch, Cangilon, El Rito, Coyote, Youngsville, Abiquiu and possibly Espanola
  • Smoke from the burning activities may settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas, but is expected to lift by mid-morning
  • For more information on how to minimize health impacts from smoke, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-888-878-8992 or visit: http://nmhealth.org/eheb/airQ.shtml

We recognize that smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others. To mitigate smoke impacts, fire managers use different strategies and tactics to manage smoke. For example during the upcoming burns, smaller blocks of fuel will be treated, which will decrease daily smoke volume. In addition, we also work closely with meteorologists and air quality regulators to burn when conditions will disperse smoke most effectively.

There are a variety of ways the public can get information on fire activity on the Santa Fe National Forest. You may visit local Ranger Stations or our Headquarters in Santa Fe located at 11 Forest Lane. To receive fire information, you may sign up to be on our fire notification list by calling (505) 438-5321 or emailing lmlujan@fs.fed.us. You may call our fire information hotline at: (877) 971-FIRE (3473), follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SantafeNF, or visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/ or www.nmfireinfo.com.

Prescribed burns are conducted when specific conditions and criteria align to allow fire managers to safely conduct the burn, while achieving desired objectives. Conditions include: temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for effective smoke dispersion.



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