Taos, NM, March 14, 2016—For Immediate Release. The Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest will begin prescribed burning piles this month in the North Shady Brook project area. This prescribed burn will be conducted on days when wind, relative humidity, temperature and expected weather pattern are favorable.
These piles are located off of US Highway 64 East, in Taos Canyon just north of Shady Brook. This burn will consist of 80 acres of slash piles to reduce the residual fuel accumulations from thinning projects in the area. This fuels reduction will augment the four cross canyon fuel breaks created on private lands through a federal grant know as a Nonfederal Lands Grant (NFL) and the South Shady Brook fuels break project. Thinning was completed in 2013 with the 80 acres remaining to be burned.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. These piles will be burned to reduce the risk of a high intensity running crown fire and therefore greater protection to the communities of Taos Canyon, Angel Fire and Eagle Nest.
Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
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 Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.