Media Advisory: Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed Again; May Be Rescheduled Sometime Next Week

SANTA FE, NM – April 4, 2019 – For Immediate Release.  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will not conduct the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed tomorrow, April 5.

After reviewing conditions on the ground, including recent precipitation, and forecasted weather and winds, fire managers decided to postpone the burn. Ventilation is expected to be good during the day on Friday, but low winds overnight could cause smoke to settle over the area early Saturday.

Fire managers will look for a window next week to proceed with aerial and hand ignitions on up to 500 acres to remove dead forest fuels and reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire in the Municipal Watershed, which provides up to 40% of the water for the City of Santa Fe.

Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at  For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to

Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at, and Twitter @SantafeNF.

For more information, contact the Española Ranger Station at 505-753-7331.


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