The Sulphur Canyon Pile Burn Prescribed Fire will be implemented February 22, 2017

Fire Managers for the Cibola National Forest in collaboration with cooperators and local recourses are planning to execute several prescribed fires on the Sandia Ranger District this fall and winter. Prescribed fires are planned ignitions conducted under specific conditions to restore fire dependent ecosystems. These fires promote forest health in many ways such as reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients, and increasing habitat diversity. They are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. The following will be conducted as conditions allow:

  • Sulphur Prescribed Fire – up to 108 acres will be treated, to promote forest health and provide wildfire protection to nearby communities. This will be a pile burn primarily in Ponderosa Pine, Oak brush, Pinion-Juniper, and mixed Conifer. The prescribed fire will be conducted in the Sulphur Forest Restoration Project Area. This site is located approximately 1 mile west of Sandia Park.
  • Prescribed fires are planned in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Environmental Quality and every effort is made to minimize smoke impacts; however, smoke from prescribed fires is inevitable. Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health website at
  • Prescribed fire project facts:
  • Ownership: Cibola National Forest, Sandia Ranger District
  • Legal Location: Township 11 North, Range 5 East, Sections 23 & 14
  • Duration: 1-3 days once ignition is commenced
  • Approximately 2-7 personnel from the US Forest Service, Albuquerque Fire Department, La Madera Volunteer Fire Department, & Bernalillo County Fire Department will be onsite to conduct the prescribed fire operation.
  • Ignition operations will commence at approximately 0900 each morning and will cease no later than 1500 (3 PM) daily.
  • Fire engines, UTV’s, hand crew personnel, portable water tanks and pumps will be utilized as holding equipment.

 For more information, please call the Sandia Ranger District at 505-281-3304.

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