Cuba Ranger District Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Planned April & May

SANTA FE, NM – March 20, 2018 For Immediate Release. To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to conduct a prescribed burn as early as April 2 and as late as May 25.

The prescribed burn in the Cedar Springs area is to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

As many as 972 acres may be treated by hand ignitions, and in small blocks to reduce smoke impacts. The prescribed burn area is located just north of the community of LLaves and north of the Dead Man Lookout. Smoke may be visible from La Jara, Cuba, Regina, Lindrith, El Vado, Chama, Abiquiu, Tierra Amarilla, Highway 96 and US Highway 84. Smoke may settle in lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings, but should lift by mid-morning.

Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. The burns mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. The Cedar Springs prescribed burn will specifically remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed burns 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 met. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems 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 about this prescribed burn, please contact the Cuba Ranger District at (575) 289-3264.

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