Thompson Ridge Piles Rx Begins Feb. 5

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest plans to begin the 188-acre Thompson Ridge piles prescribed burn Tuesday, Feb. 5 through Friday, Feb. 8, weather dependent.

Piles that don’t get treated in that time frame are expected to be in the following week, also weather dependent. Location description: The Medlin and Shields private property is adjacent to the north of the burn area.

Thompson Ridge Estates is one mile to the north, La Cueva 1/2 mile to the south, and Rancho De La Cueva one mile to the east.

The pile burns will be ignited by hand. Smoke will be visible from La Cueva, Sierra Los Pinos, off of N.M. 4 between La Cueva and the Valle Grande, Jemez Pueblo, San Ysidro, Zia Pueblo, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho and areas off of Interstate 550.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.

To reduce exposure to smoke, stay indoors as much as possible with windows, doors and vents closed. Avoid or limit physical activities outdoors.

In the evenings, smoke settles into low lying areas, including drainages; however, lifts by mid-morning when the sun rises. Residents living in such low-lying areas may be most affected.

The public can obtain prescribed fire information by:

  • Calling the Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Office: 505-438-5320.
  • Calling the Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Hotline: 1-877-971-FIRE
  • Visiting the Santa Fe National Forest Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe
  • Visiting the NM Fire Information Website: http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com/
  • Following the Forest on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SantafeNF
  • Being added to the Forest’s notification list. Receive daily updates on Santa Fe National Forest fire management activities by contacting Public Affairs Officer Bruce Hill at 505-438-5320 or e-mailbrucehill@fs.fed.us to be added to the notification list.

The Santa Fe National Forest is one of five national forests in New Mexico. National Forests are America’s great outdoors, here to serve the American people at work and play.

Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.6 million acre Santa Fe National Forest. Elevations rise from 5,300 to 13,103 feet at the summit of Truchas Peak, located within the Pecos Wilderness.

The Forest’s Headquarters is located in Santa Fe. The Forest has six Ranger Stations – Coyote, Cuba, Jemez, Pecos, Las Vegas, and Española, and two satellite offices in Los Alamos and in Jemez Pueblo—Walatowa Visitor Center.

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