Carson National Forest plans pile burn on Tres Piedras District Dec. 3

Taos, NM (November 30, 2018) – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Carson National Forest plan to start burning piles on the Tres Piedras Ranger District Monday, December 3, as conditions allow.

The 25 acre pile burn is located 6 miles south of Tres Piedras.  Ignitions should only take one day to complete.  Fire personnel burn the piles during safe burning conditions, generally after a snowfall or significant rain event.

The purpose of this prescribed burn is to reduce the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and natural resources in the Wildland Urban Interface area that surrounds the communities.

Smoke may be visible from the communities of Tres Piedras, Las Tablas, and Highway 285.

Pile burn operations require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and as such typically produce lighter smoke than a prescribed broadcast burn.  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

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

For more information about this prescribed burn contact the Tres Piedras District at 575-758-8678.



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