Mesa Poleo Prescribed Burn Planned for Thursday

SANTA FE, NM – May 2, 2017 For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of recent moisture and forecasted weather to conduct the previously announced Mesa Poleo prescribed burn on Thursday, May 4, if conditions, including fuel moistures, predicted weather and air quality, remain favorable.

The treatment unit planned for Thursday is 168 acres located 1.5 miles southwest of the community of Mesa Poleo and 3 miles southwest of Coyote.

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 Mesa Poleo prescribed burn is designed to reduce forest fuels, promote forest health and provide community protection. Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the 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 from the Mesa Poleo burn may be visible from Coyote, Youngsville, Gallina, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, Canjilon, NM Highway 96 and US Highway 84.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or 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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