Carson National Forest Tio Gordito Prescribed Burn

Taos, NM, May 10, 2016
The Tres Piedras Ranger District of the Carson National Forest hopes to take advantage of favorable forecasted weather to conduct the previously announced Tio Gordito prescribed burn beginning next week, May 10th through May 21st . This 2.667-acre project is located on the north side of US Highway 64, three miles west of the Tres Piedras Ranger District and the community of Tres Piedras. Several conditions such as available resources, wind, relative humidity, and temperature requirements must be met in order to conduct this prescribed burn.

The goal of the Tio Gordito prescribed burn is to begin to restore dry forest types such as ponderosa pine, by reducing densities, improving wildlife habitat diversity, and revitalizing meadows and aspen groves. This prescribed burn plan is to remove some trees while retaining the largest, healthiest trees of the most fire-resistant species, such as ponderosa pine. Smaller trees (ladder fuels) are removed leaving stands less susceptible to crown fires.
This project is being implemented with cooperation from New Mexico Game and Fish.

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. Prescribed burning is done to achieve a variety of objectives including reducing hazardous fuels in the wildland-urban interface, reducing activity slash, reducing the risk of large-scale wildfire, and enhancing wildlife habitat.

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

Smoke may be visible from the communities of Tres Piedras, Questa, Arroyo Hondo, Des Montes, Arroyo Seco, Taos, Espanola and Ojo Caliente as well as Antonito and Alamosa, Colorado. Smoke may also impact US Highway 64 and US Highway 285.

Smoke from the prescribed burns will be monitored, and the information will be documented. 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

The public and media can get quick notification of prescribed burns on the Carson by following the forest on twitter at
For additional information about this prescribed burn, please contact the Tres Piedras Ranger District at 575-758-8678

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