Cuba Ranger District Plans Two Prescribed Burns

SANTA FE, NM – March 29, 2017 For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct two prescribed burns on the Cuba Ranger District this spring.

  • The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and northeast of Lindrith. Ignitions could begin as early as Monday, April 10, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
  • The Diego prescribed burn would treat 378 acres north of the community of Gilman and east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp. Ignitions could begin as early as Saturday, April 15, again depending on conditions. The window for both prescribed burns runs through May 30, 2017.

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. Both the Moya and Diego prescribed burns will remove dead forest fuels to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire, provide community protection and promote forest health. These fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke from the Moya and Diego prescribed burns will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. 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’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Smoke from the Moya prescribed burn will likely be visible from La Jara, Cuba, Regina, Lindrith, El Vado, Dulce, Gallina, Coyote and NM Highway 96. Smoke from the Diego prescribed burn may be visible from Gilman, Cañon, the Pueblo of Jemez, Jemez Springs, San Ysidro, Seven Springs, Fenton Lake, NM Highway 4 and US Highway 550.

For additional information about the Moya and Diego burns, please contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575.289.3264.

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