SANTA FE, NM – March 20, 2017 – For Immediate Release – If favorable conditions, including weather, winds and air quality, remain in place through the night, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to proceed with the previously announced Mesa Poleo prescribed burn on the Coyote Ranger District tomorrow.
The SFNF hopes to treat 300 acres of hazardous fuels located 1.5 miles southwest of the community of Mesa Poleo and 3 miles southwest of Coyote. Fire crews expect to treat 50 to 100 acres per day as long as conditions remain favorable. Although Forest Roads 62, 172 and 103 will remain open, the SFNF discourages travel and camping in this area due to smoke.
Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Smoke from the Mesa Poleo burn may be visible from Coyote, Youngsville, Gallina, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, Canjilon, NM 96 and US 84. Smoke is expected to settle into lower elevations and drainages during the evenings but should lift by mid-morning. 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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