Gila National Forest – Indian Peaks Prescribed Burn to begin Saturday, May 19 on Black Range Ranger District

Truth or Consequences, NM, May 17, 2018…The Indian Peaks Prescribed Burn, an estimated 11,000 acres in two burns is scheduled to begin Saturday evening, May 19. The district Fire Management Officer, Dennis Fahl stated that “a window of opportunity has opened up, combining weather conditions and fuel moistures which will allow this activity to proceed.” He anticipates the prescribed burn to take approximately five days.

The project boundary has been prepared by limbing, brush, and placing control lines. Conditions have been verified. The plan is to burn Units 16 and 20, and then Unit 13.

Duration of smoke production is hard to predict, but high density smoke should dissipate within two to three days after active ignitions cease.

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