Update on L-T West Prescribed Burn

20180410_123904Mimbres, NM, April 10, 2018—For Immediate Release.  Fire crews have completed the black-lining operations on the L-T West Prescribed Burn. Approximately 2,000 acres have burned.

Blacklining involves crews burning fuels adjacent to a control line before igniting a prescribed burn. This activity is done in heavy fuels to reduce heat on the crews and lessen chances for spot fires across the control line. Blacklining creates a lot of smoke.

This a.m. there was a very strong inversion that caused smoke to settle in the area of Lake Roberts. There will be residual smoke during the day as the heavy fuels burn off, and settling in the evening and early morning. This smoke will impact Highway 35. During tomorrow’s predicted wind events, the firefighters will still be present and holding during the heavy winds.

Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and intensify chronic heart and lung problems. Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside. If visibility is over 5 miles, the air quality is generally good. If you are having health effects from smoke exposure then take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality. You should also see your doctor or healthcare professional as needed. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. Fire information can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5737/ or nmfireinfo.com.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory 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 website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

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