Prescribed Burn Postponed on the Santa Fe National Forest Coyote Ranger District

Santa Fe, NM – May 23, 2016 – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest have postponed the French Mesa prescribed burn on the Coyote Ranger District until further notice.  The 5,041-acre treatment area is located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.

The window for prescribed burns is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.  The decision to postpone the French Mesa project was also based in part on the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, a popular time for recreation on the forest.

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 burns are designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Fire managers will be looking at autumn 2016 as a potential timeframe to conduct the French Mesa prescribed burn, dependent upon conditions at that time.  Additional notice will be sent to the public in advance.

For additional information about prescribed burns, please contact the Coyote Ranger Station at 575-638-5526 or visit New Mexico Fire Information at www.nmfireinfo.com.

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