Pile Burning in El Malpais National Monument

National Park Service Superintendent Mitzi Frank announced that the Four Winds Fire Group will be burning wood piles in El Malpais National Monument starting Tuesday, May 9. Burning may continue intermittently through June 30, 2017 as weather and fuel conditions permit. These wood piles are located along the west side of County Road 42 in the vicinity of the Bandera fire. Weather conditions will be closely monitored to insure that the appropriate conditions exist to safely burn these piles. Smoke may be visible for several miles.

These wood piles are the result of mechanical thinning that was done in previous years to decrease fuel loads that will assist with reducing the possibility of a crown replacement fire during wildfire situations. This type of thinning also improves forest “edge” habitat which is beneficial to a variety of wildlife species.

For questions about the pile burning call the Fire Management Officer Kevin Parrish at (505) 285-4641 x 35.

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