Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Planned on Española Ranger District

SANTA FE, NM – March 17, 2017 For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the previously announced Borrego Mesa prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District sometime between March 27 and May 31, 2017.  That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.

Once ignitions begin, crews expect to complete the 105-acre Borrego Mesa prescribed burn in one day. The treatment area is located approximately two miles east of the community of Cordova.

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.  Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives.  The Borrego Mesa prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels caused by disease and insects, provide community protection and promote forest health.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored, and the information will be available to provide health advisories as necessary.  Smoke will likely be visible from Cordova, Truchas, Cundiyo and Española and may linger in the area for five days after ignitions are concluded.

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’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For additional information about this prescribed burn, please contact the Española Ranger District at 505.753.7331.

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