Gallina WUI Prescribed Burn Planned on Coyote Ranger District

SANTA FE, NM – May 12, 2017 For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of continuing favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weekend weather, to conduct the Gallina wildland-urban interface (WUI) prescribed burn on the Coyote Ranger District on Monday, May 15.

WUI refers to the transition zone between natural areas and human development. As more homes are built in the WUI adjacent to public lands that are naturally prone to wildfire, the risk to property increases.  The 200-acre treatment area planned for Monday is located 1 mile south of the village of Gallina off of NM Highway 96.

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 Gallina WUI prescribed burn is designed to reduce the risk of wildfire and protect lives and property in the developed areas near unoccupied forest lands. Prescribed fires are 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. Smoke will likely be visible from Gallina, Lindrith, Regina, Llaves, La Jara, Ghost Ranch, Cañones, Rio Chama, Christ in the Desert Monastery, Abiquiu and Canjilon.

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’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For additional information about this prescribed burn, please contact the Coyote Ranger District at 575.638.5526.

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