Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Prescribed Fire planned for the Mt Taylor Ranger District

Albuquerque, NM, October 1, 2018 – Fire Managers are planning to execute the Redondo Prescribed Fire on the Mt Taylor Ranger District this fall as conditions allow.

This planned ignition will be conducted under specific conditions to restore fire dependent ecosystems.  These fires promote forest health in many ways such as reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients, and increasing habitat diversity along with reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wild fires. They are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority and will only be ignited under favorable weather and fuels conditions.

This planned ignition will be located approximately 14 miles west of Grants, in the Zuni Mountains. Up to 2,031 acres will be treated. This will be a broadcast burn.  Both hand and aerial ignition will be used.

Prescribed fires are planned in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Environmental Air Quality and every effort is made to minimize smoke impacts; however, smoke from prescribed fires is inevitable.  Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health website at

For more information, contact: Mount Taylor Ranger District at 505-287-8833.

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