BLM Managing Perdida Fire for Multiple Resource Benefit

BLM Managing Perdida Fire for Multiple Resource Benefit

 Taos, NM-(August 28, 2015)  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is currently managing the lightning caused 422 acre Perdida Fire, within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument at Cerro de la Olla (a.k.a. Pot Mountain), Northeast of Tres Piedras, NM, for multiple resource benefits.

The Perdida Fire was first reported on June 24, 2015. The fire is burning at an elevation of 9,000 feet in ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass, and brush. Fire managers have been utilizing burn out operations to keep the fire in the area where they want it to burn. The fire is actively burning in the fallen needles and underbrush. Fire activity and smoke increase in areas where dead and down heavy logs are located.

The objectives of this lightning caused managed fire are to reduce hazardous vegetation buildup, enhance wildlife habitat and minimize the risk of large­scale, high-intensity wildfire that can threaten life, property, and natural resources. This fire adapted ecosystem is made healthier and more resilient by bringing the natural fire regime back to the area.  Smoke may be visible on any day from July 23 through September 30, 2015.  Weather and vegetation conditions are monitored closely,  prior to implementation of any action, to assure that the fire burns safely.

For further information, contact: Pat Pacheco, Fire Management Officer (575) 751-4717

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