SFNF Monitoring Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn – Smoke Visible SANTA FE, NM – Dec. 21, 2017

There are still no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month per the Dec. 15 news release, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).  Crews continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity with smoke visible from Mineral Hill, Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas, and I-25.

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are met.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-severity wildfire.  The Gallinas Watershed treatment area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems like the Santa Fe National Forest. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

For additional information, please contact the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District offices at 505.425.3534 or 505.757.6121.

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