SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are taking advantage of favorable fall conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to proceed with two previously announced prescribed burns.
Crews are working on both the 536-acre Cedar Springs prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District and the 2,515-acre Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District. The Cedar Springs unit is located north of the community of LLaves and the Dead Man Lookout. The Mesitas unit is located approximately six miles southwest of Abiquiu, 15 miles north of Los Alamos and 15 miles northwest of Española.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by removing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Both of these prescribed burns are designed to mitigate the risk of future catastrophic wildfire, protect communities and build a healthier, more resilient forest. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Smoke from both burns is being monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke from the Mesitas prescribed burn may be visible from Abiquiu, El Rito, Ojo Caliente, Tres Piedras, Taos, Santa Fe, Española, Los Alamos, Coyote, Cañones, Youngsville and Pojoaque. Smoke from the Cedar Springs prescribed burn may be visible from La Jara, Cuba, Regina, Lindrith, El Vado, Chama, Abiquiu, Tierra Amarilla, Highway 96 and US Highway 84.
Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory 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’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
For additional information about these prescribed burns, please contact the Española Ranger Station at 505.753.7331.