SFNF – Jemez RD to begin piles burn early December

SANTA FE, NM – November 10, 2018 – For Immediate Release. To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on piles between December 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews plan to treat up to 1,123 acres of piles located three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs.

The piles will be burned as three different operations. The Pino West piles are located approximately five miles northeast of Jemez Springs along the north end of Forest Road 10, and will be up to 500 acres. The East Fork piles are located approximately eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs, north of NM Highway 4, east of Forest Road 10 junction, and will be up to 100 acres. The Cat Mesa piles are located approximately three miles northeast of Jemez Springs, along Forest Road 135 on Cat Mesa, and will be up to 523 acres.

Smoke may be visible from Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Highway 4, Thompson Ridge, Sierra Los Pinos, Ponderosa and La Cueva.

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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