SFNF – Gallinas Watershed piles burn planned for Tuesday

SANTA FE, NM – November 10, 2018 – For Immediate Release. Starting November 13, fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 500 acres of Piles in the Gallinas Watershed adjacent to E.V. Long Campground.

Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through January 31, 2019.

Fire managers plan to treat about 150 acres a day.

Smoke may be visible from Panderies, Las Vegas, and along I-25 north and south of Las Vegas.

Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire adapted ecosystems. The prescribed burns mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

Prescribed burns are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Information on air quality and protecting your health using the 5-3-1 visibility method 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/.

For any questions, please contact either the Pecos Ranger Station at 505-757-6121 or the Las Vegas Ranger Station at 505-425-3534.


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