Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District Plans Durfee-Bolander Prescribed Burn

MAGDALENA, NM, June 19, 2019– Fire managers from Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are planning to conduct the Durfee-Bolander prescribed burn on the Magdalena Ranger District to begin on June 22, 2019 in the San Mateo Mountains, as conditions and favorable weather permit.

Aerial and hand ignition will be used to treat up to 396 acres in the project area, located on the north side of the San Mateo Mountains in Socorro, County. Ecologically, the Durfee-Bolander Prescribed burn is designed to remove encroaching conifer trees from historic open meadows and canyon bottoms, increase the diversity of ground vegetation, improve and enhance wildlife habitat and restore the natural fire regime.

Smoke will likely be visible from New Mexico 52, New Mexico 107 and U.S. Highway 60 west of Magdalena, NM. Smoke impacts may occur on Forest Roads #52, #220, #473 and #549, particularly in the evening hours when temperatures cool. Smoke will be monitored to assess potential health impacts and the Forest Service will coordinate with New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health to issue any needed alerts.  Additional information on smoke conditions and alerts can be found at http://nmtracking.org/fire.

District Ranger Kim Obele stated, “We use planned fire as a tool to improve the health of the forest for wildlife and to protect communities from the effects of unplanned wildfire.  Our plan incorporates safety for the public, as well as protections for heritage and other infrastructure.”

To learn more about state-wide fire activity, visit New Mexico Fire Information at https://nmfireinfo.com.  If you have questions about the Durfee-Bolander prescribed fire, please contact Cindy Wolfe at the Magdalena Ranger District – 575-854-2281 or email: cynthia.wolfe@usda.gov

 

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