Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Durfee-Bolander Prescribed Burn Rescheduled to begin today, June 24, 2019 on the Magdalena Ranger District

MAGDALENA, NM, June 24, 2019– Fire Managers on the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands delayed the Durfee-Bolander Prescribed Burn scheduled for Saturday, June, 22, 2019 due to wind conditions over the fire perimeter.   Magdalena Ranger District will begin ignitions on the Durfee-Bolander Prescribed Burn today, Monday, June 24, 2019 in the San Mateo Mountains as conditions and favorable weather permits.

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

To learn more about state-wide fire activity, visit New Mexico Fire Information at  If you have questions about the Durfee-Bolander prescribed fire, please contact Cindy Wolfe at the Magdalena Ranger District – 575-854-2281 or email:

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