Canjilon Ranger District to continue Montoya piles burn Nov. 26

Taos, NM (November 21, 2018) – For Immediate Release.  The Canjilon Ranger District on the Carson National Forest plans to continue the Montoya piles burn starting November 26, 2018.  The 56 acre unit is located approximately 1 mile east of the community of Canjilon along Forest Road 724I and borders the private land boundary.  Implementation will occur when weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal conditions are within the defined prescription parameters anytime between November 26, 2018 and February 28, 2019.

Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to natural resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. This 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.

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

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 297, Forest Road 559, US Highway 84, and State Highway 115.  Motorists are reminded to abide by all safety signage and proceed with caution along State Hwy 115 and FS roads 137 and 124.  Information on air quality 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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