Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Planned on Cuba Ranger District

SANTA FE, NM – Oct. 11, 2017 For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are hoping to take advantage of favorable fall conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct the Cedar Springs prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

The 536-acre block, located north of the community of Llaves and the Dead Man Lookout, may take two to three days to complete.

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. The Cedar Springs prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke from the Cedar Spring prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met.  Smoke may be visible from La Jara, Cuba, Regina, Lindrith, El Vado, Chama, Abiquiu, Tierra Amarilla, 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’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

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

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