SANTA FE, NM – March 28, 2017 – For Immediate Release. Hoping to take advantage of favorable conditions, including recent moisture, predicted weather and air quality, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to continue previously announced prescribed burns on the Coyote Ranger District throughout the spring.
Primary targets are the Mesa Poleo prescribed burn, 300 acres of hazardous fuels located 1.5 miles southwest of the community of Mesa Poleo and 3 miles southwest of Coyote; the 500-acre Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) treatment area located 1 mile south of Gallina off of NM Highway 96; and the French Mesa prescribed burn, a 5,041-acre treatment area located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.
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 burns under consideration on the Coyote Ranger District are designed to reduce forest fuels, promote forest health and provide community protection. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Smoke from the prescribed burn 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-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory and heart disease 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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