10/5/18 Jicarilla Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns This Fall- Carson National Forest

Taos, NM (October 5, 2018) – For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Jicarilla District of the Carson National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds, and weather forecasts to conduct two prescribed burns between October 5 and November 30, 2018.

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Picture is taken at the Carracas Rim/Eul project area.

Carracas Rim/Eul: The Carracas prescribed burn is located on Carracas Mesa within a mile of the Colorado and New Mexico border.  This project area is a broadcast burn of up to 233 acres of Ponderosa Pine, Pinon, Juniper, and Oak.  The objective is to enhance wildlife habitat by restoring fire into a fire adapted ecosystem.  Smoke may impact Navajo Dam and areas on Navajo Lake, Arboles, CO, and small communities along Colorado Road 151.  Smoke may be visible from the San Juan National Forest, Southern Ute Indian Tribal lands (including Ignacio, CO), Jicarilla Apache Tribal lands including Dulce, Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico, and other surrounding areas of the Jicarilla Ranger District.

District Wide Piles:  This project consist of burning one acre openings created by cutting and piling trees within these openings in five sites on the district.  The sites include Carracas Mesa, Cabresto Mesa, La Jara Canyon, Cereza Mesa, and Compañero Canyon. Trick tanks were installed within the one acre openings to provide water for wildlife in areas where the district is deficient in water.  Smoke may be visible in the areas near these burn projects. Visible smoke duration should last no longer than a day each.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau regulations are met.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems 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 https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For more information, contact the Jicarilla Ranger District at 505-632-2956.

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