Winds Postpone Moya Prescribed Burn

SANTA FE, NM – April 24, 2017 For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest today postponed the previously announced Moya prescribed burn that was tentatively scheduled for this week due to forecasted winds.

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for northern and Central New Mexico for Monday due to strong, gusty winds, very low humidity and an unstable atmosphere.

Fire managers closely monitor conditions before, during and after prescribed burns. If conditions change and are no longer optimal for prescribed burning, plans are cancelled or postponed.  Fire crews on the Cuba Ranger District may be able to move forward on the Moya unit next week, if conditions are favorable at that time.

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. Prescribed fire is always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

For additional information about the Moya burn, please contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575.289.3264.

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