Mesitas Prescribed Burn Planned on the Santa Fe National Forest Española Ranger District

Santa Fe, NM – Oct. 11, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District.  Ignitions could begin as early as Monday, Oct. 16, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

The 2,515-acre treatment area is located approximately six miles southwest of Abiquiu, 15 miles north of Los Alamos and 15 miles northwest of Española. The Mesitas unit 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.   The Mesitas prescribed fire 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 Mesitas 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 Abiquiu, El Rito, Ojo Caliente, Tres Piedras, Taos, Santa Fe, Española, Los Alamos, Coyote, Cañones, Youngsville and Pojoaque.

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 these prescribed burns, please contact the Española Ranger Station at 505.753.7331.

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