Camino Real District Announces Plan for Fall 2018 Prescribed Burns

Taos, NM (September 17, 2018) – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest have announced locations where they plan to complete prescribed fire projects starting in October and continuing through November of 2018.  Approximately 1,442 acres could be eligible for treatment, but the implementation of each project will only occur when weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal conditions are within the defined prescription parameters.

Borrego Mesa:  The Borrego prescribed burn is located 3 miles north of Penasco, and ¼ mile west of Hwy 518 off of FS road 468.  The unit, predominantly Ponderosa Pine, will be a broadcast burn of up to 456 acres.  The objective is to reduce slash remaining from green fuelwood units by at least 50 percent.  Smoke may be visible from Taos, Vadito, Hwy 518 and the surrounding communities of Penasco.

Taos Pines and Bull Springs:  These prescribed burn units are located off Hwy 64 at Palo Flechado Pass.  Taos Pines consisting of 410 acres, is adjacent to the community of Taos Pines and FS road 5.  Bull Springs prescribed burn is 576 acres and is south of State Hwy 64 along the A1 spur of the Elliott Barker Trail, extending south to the meadow near Bull Springs.  Once ignitions start it may take up to a week to complete the burn.  These units were thinned in 2014 and subsequently utilized as fuelwood areas. The plan is to burn the remaining wood to create defensible space near the communities of Taos Pines and Angel Fire, restore forest health, and improve wildlife habitat.  Smoke may be visible from Hwy 64, Angel Fire, Taos Canyon, Eagle Nest, and Black Lake.

These prescribed fires will help reduce fuels created from previous thinning and associated fuelwood removal activities.  Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.  These prescribed fire mimics natural fires by reducing accumulations of hazard fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.  Borrego Mesa, Taos Pines and Bull Springs prescribed burns are designed to help mitigate risk of high-severity wildfire, provide community protection and promote watershed and forest health.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

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’s website at

For additional information about these prescribed burns, contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.


Picture above taken on October 17, 2017 from the 2017 Borrego Mesa prescribed burn. 



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