Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest, Coyote Ranger District

SANTA FE, NM – Dec. 12, 2016 – For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning prescribed burns on the Coyote Ranger District as early as Tuesday, Dec. 13, if conditions, including weather, winds and air quality, are favorable.

Crews expect to ignite piles of woody debris on 1 acre near the Coyote District Office on NM State Highway 96 in Coyote and on 5 acres at the Coyote Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) located 5 miles south-southwest of Coyote.

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. The prescribed pile burns planned for this week 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.

Smoke from the prescribed burns will be monitored to ensure that New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met, and the information will be available to provide health advisories as necessary. Smoke from both the Coyote District Office and RAWS pile burns may be visible from Coyote, Youngsville, Gallina, Lindrith, Regina, Abiquiu, NM 96 and US 84. 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 online at the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For additional information about the prescribed burns, please contact the Coyote Ranger District at 575.638.5526

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