Canjilon Wildland Urban Interface Prescribed Burn – Montoya and Las Joyas Piles

Canjilon Wildland Urban Interface Prescribed Burn – Montoya and Las Joyas Piles

Taos, NM (October 25, 2018) – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Canjilon Ranger District of the Carson National Forest have announced locations where they plan to conduct prescribed pile burns between October 29, 2018 and November 23, 2018. Implementation of pile burns will only occur when weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal conditions are within the defined prescription parameters.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to natural resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. The Canjilon Wildland Urban Interface prescribed burn is being implemented to:

  • Reduce hazardous fuels created by thinning and fuel wood removal activities.
  • Reduce the threat of high severity and high intensity wildfires.
  • Protect private property in the Wildland Urban Interface area around the communities of Canjilon and Placita Garcia.
  • Improve forest health, structure, and resiliency.
  • Enhance wildlife habitat.

Treatments will help fire managers re-introduce fire into a fire adapted ecosystem. Fire managers carefully plan prescribed fires, initiating them only under environmental conditions that are favorable to assure firefighter, visitor safety, and to achieve the desired objectives.

Montoya burn piles are located approximately 1 mile east of the community of Canjilon along Forest Road 724 and borders private land boundary. Las Joyas burn piles are located off County Road 287 and about 2.5 miles South of Canjilon and ½ mile west of Placita Garcia.

Smoke may be visible from the communities of Canjilon, Placita Garcia, Cebolla, Las Nutrias, Tierra Amarilla, El Rito, and Abiquiu. Smoke may impact County Road 287, US Highway 84, and State Highway 115. Visible smoke duration should last no longer than a day.

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

For more information, contact the Canjilon Ranger District at 575-684-2489.


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