SFNF – La Cueva prescribed burn near Pecos canceled

SANTA FE, NM – December 12, 2018. The La Cueva prescribed burn near Pecos that was scheduled to start as early as this week is canceled due to the lack of needed snow.  Fire managers will check conditions the first of the New Year.

As early as Dec. 10, fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest expected to prescribed burn approximately 372 acres in the La Cueva area through Dec. 31 as weather permitted.

The treatment area is approximately seven miles northwest of Pecos.

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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