Magdalena Ranger District Planning Gallinas Prescribed Burn

MAGDALENA, NM, March 1, 2018 – The Magdalena Ranger District is planning a prescribed burn to improve wildlife habitat and forest health. The Gallinas Prescribed Burn is expected to begin sometime this spring and continue for as long as weather and fuel moisture conditions are favorable.

Up to 3,400 acres will be treated in the Gallinas Mountains, approximately 13 miles northwest of Magdalena. The objectives of this burn is to reduce existing vegetation to lessen the threat of future wildfire, restore the natural fire regime, and enhance wildlife habitat. The dominant vegetation in the area is piñon/juniper with light to moderate grass.

The burn will not be ignited unless the weather forecast is favorable and the required personnel and equipment are on hand. Crews will monitor the burn for as long as necessary to ensure public safety. There may be delays on Forest Roads 10, 10D, 10E and 128 while the burn is in progress. Smoke will be visible and may settle along US Highway 60 and State Highway 169, west and northwest of Magdalena, during the evening and early morning hours. Please drive carefully with your headlights on as visibility might be limited.

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

For more information, please call the Magdalena Ranger District at 575-854-2281.

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