SFNF – Cuba RD Diego Rx burn mid- Sep

Cuba Ranger District Diego prescribed burn mid- Sept.

 SANTA FE, NM – September 7, 2018 – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Diego Burn Unit on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Sept. 18 through Nov. 16.

 A total of 374 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of Gilman and east of the Girl Scout Camp (see map). Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems. The prescribed burns mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. The Diego prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels provide community protection, and promote forest health. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke will likely be visible from the communities of Gilman, Canon, Jemez pueblo Jemez Springs San Ysidro and from state highway 4 and highway 550. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and drainages overnight, but should lift by midmorning.

Smoke/Air Quality: 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 information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.

Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com and on Twitter @SantaFeNF, and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

For more information, contact the Cuba Ranger Station at (575) 289-3264.

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