Carson National Forest – Canjilon WUI Prescribed Burn

Taos, NM, March 15, 2016—For Immediate Release. The Canjilon Ranger District of the Carson National Forest will begin prescribed burning piles beginning March 21st and continue through April 20th on days that conditions such as wind, relative humidity, temperature, expected weather pattern and available resources are favorable.

The Canjilon Wildland Urban Interface area (WUI) prescribed burns consists of four separate units totaling approximately 280 acres of pile burns and one unit of 100 acres of concentrations of accumulated fuels. These fuels were created from hazardous fuels thinning and fuelwood removal activities as a result of two separate Collaborative Forest Restoration Projects (CFRP) and one Title II Secure Rural Schools thinning project. These programs have contributed to the thinning of the 380 acres in the last three years.

The purpose of these burns is to reduce these hazardous fuels and help reduce the threat of a high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and natural resources in the area that surrounds the communities of Canjilon and Placita Garcia. These prescribed burns will also be conducted to protect the Canjilon Creek Watershed and the powerline infrastructure serving the community of Canjilon.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity thus improving forest health.

Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke may be visible from the communities of Canjilon, Placita Garcia, Cebolla, Las Nutrias, Tierra Amarilla and Abiquiu. Smoke may also impact US Highway 84 and State Highway 115.

Smoke from the prescribed burns will be monitored, and the information will be made available to provide health advisories as necessary. Lingering smoke may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found, at the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For additional information about these prescribed burns, please contact the Canjilon Ranger District at 575-684-2489.

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