Magdalena Ranger District Gallinas Prescribed Burn Update – May 7, 2018


Helitorch taking off from Helibase operations supporting the Gallinas Prescribed burn. USFS photo by Cindy Wolfe

MAGDALENA, NM, May 7, 2018 –The Magdalena Ranger District began the Gallinas Prescribed burn on Friday afternoon, May 4, 2018. Favorable conditions continued to allowed firefighters to successfully treating the pinyon-juniper forest. The burn is designed to remove encroaching conifer trees from historic open meadows and canyons bottoms, to help increase the diversity of ground vegetation, stabilize soils, remove dead debris from the forest floor and help to restore the natural fire regime.

Firefighters used both hand and aerial ignitions yesterday to treat 1500 acres in the project area, located on the west side of the Gallinas Mountain range in Socorro County. Today, firefighters will secure and monitor the burn unit’s edge. Resource on the burn include two Wildland Fire Modules, five Type 6 Engines, one Type 3 Helicopter and miscellaneous overhead.

A continuing warming trend, along with moderate afternoon winds are forecast over the Gallinas Prescribed burn unit today. Smoke is visible from US Highway 60 and State Highway 169, west and northwest of Magdalena, NM. Smoke impacts may occur on Forest Roads 10, 10D, 10E and 128 particularly in the evening hours when temperatures cool. Smoke will be monitored to assess potential health impacts and the Forest Service will coordinate with New Mexico Department of Health website at

To learn more about state-wide fire activity, visit New Mexico Fire Information at If you have questions about the Gallinas prescribed fire, please contact Cindy Wolfe at the Magdalena Ranger District – 575-854-2281 or email:


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