SFNF Gallinas Prescribed Burn Monitoring Continues within Watershed – New Release

SFNF Gallinas Prescribed Burn Monitoring Continues within Watershed;

Crews Engage Residual Fires

SANTA FE, NM – January 3, 2018 – For Immediate Release.

The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn continues at this time through January. Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) crews continue to monitor treated units while engaging residual fires within the burn perimeter of the watershed.

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

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.  Additionally, the prescribed burn is achieving great effects such as fuels reduction and wildlife habitat improvement in the area. The Gallinas Watershed treatment area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM.

Weather forecasts indicate the likelihood of smoke settling in the local area over the next few days. 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.

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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