Fire Crews Confine Plantation Fire on Santa Fe National Forest

SANTA FE, NM – June 30, 2016 For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest will confine a four-acre fire in the same area as last year’s Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.  The strategy is to monitor the Plantation Fire over the weekend to see if an opportunity arises to manage the fire for multiple objectives, including improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen, and improving forest and watershed health.

In 2015, the Forest Service managed the 2,483-acre Commissary Fire in the same area.  A decision on whether to manage the Plantation Fire to treat unburned pockets left by the Commissary Fire will be made next week based on fire behavior after this weekend’s forecasted precipitation.

The Plantation Fire is 11 air miles north of I-25 and one mile south of the Barillas Lookout.  Smoke from the Plantation Fire may be visible at Barillas Peak and along the I-25 corridor.  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 online at the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Updates will be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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