SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn On French Mesa

SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn On French Mesa

SANTA FE, NM – Nov. 2, 2017 – For Immediate Release.   Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct the previously announced French Mesa prescribed burn as early as Monday, Nov. 6.

The French Mesa treatment area totals 5,041 acres located approximately 10 miles north of the community of Gallina and may take three to four 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 French Mesa prescribed burn is designed to mitigate the risk of high-severity wildfire, provide community protection, and promote forest and watershed health.  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 may be visible from Coyote, Gallina, Youngsville, Regina, Llaves, Lindrith, Ghost Ranch, the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, 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, contact the Coyote Ranger District at 575.638.5526.

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