Prescribed Burn Planned in Canjilon Ranger District in May

Taos, NM—April 17, 2019—Fire managers on the Carson National Forest plan to take advantage of favorable conditions including fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts to continue the Highway 84 prescribed burn on the Canjilon Ranger District.  Last fall, 181 acres of the 820-acre unit were accomplished. The remaining 639 acres will be burned between May 1 and May 31.

The prescribed burn is located 3 ½ miles northwest of Canjilon, ½ mile south of Cebolla, and ½ mile north of Rincon Blanco. The 820-acre unit runs parallel along the east side of U.S. Highway 84 and extends along Forest Road (FR) 125 up to the junction with FR 124.

The purpose of this broadcast burn is to reduce hazardous fuels following thinning and fuelwood removal activities. This will help lessen the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property, and natural resources in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area that surrounds the communities of Canjilon and Placita Garcia. Reintroducing fire into a fire adapted ecosystem will improve forest health, forest structure, forest resiliency and wildlife habitat.

Smoke may be visible from the communities of Canjilon, Cebolla, Las Nutrias, Tierra Amarilla, Rincon Blanco, Placita Garcia and Abiquiu. Smoke may impact the communities of Canjilon, Placita Garcia, Cebolla, and Rincon Blanco and may impact US Highway 84 and State Highway 115.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at

For additional information about this prescribed burn, contact the Canjilon Ranger District at 575-684-2489.

Photo Caption: Highway 84 Prescribed Fire, October 2018


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