National Park Service Superintendent Mitzi Frank announced that the Four Winds Fire Group will be burning wood piles at El Morro National Monument starting Monday, January 23. Burning may continue intermittently through March 31, 2017 as weather and fuel conditions permit. These wood piles are located along Hwy 53 north of Inscription Rock. While weather conditions will be closely monitored, anticipated snowfall will create an opportunity to safely burn these piles. Smoke may be visible for several miles.
These wood piles are the result of mechanical thinning that was done in previous years to decrease fuel loads that will assist with reducing the possibility of a crown replacement fire during wildfire situations. This type of thinning also improves forest “edge” habitat which is beneficial to a variety of wildlife species.
For questions about the pile burning call the Fire Management Officer Kevin Parrish at (505) 285-4641 x35.