Camino Real Ranger District Continues Prescribed Burn – July 01, 2019

Taos, NM (July 1, 2019) – For Immediate Release. Fire managers from the Camino Real Ranger District have successfully completed 233 acres of the La Jara prescribed burn over the past three days. Prescribed fire operations will continue for the next two days and will pause during the Independence Day holiday. Fire managers will then evaluate starting up ignitions on July 5th and continue the prescribed burn as conditions allow.

The Elliot Barker trail #1 segment from Bull Springs Meadow to Apache Pass will not be accessible during prescribed fire operations. Also, the trail known as Palo Flechado trail #1A from Palo Flechado Pass to Bull Springs Meadow will also be inaccessible. For your safety, entry into these trail systems is highly discouraged due to possible hazards that are always present in any prescribed fire. These areas will be hazardous until completion of prescribed burning operations for the near future.

As the prescribed fire burns up hazardous fuels, smoke may be visible from the communities of Angel Fire, Taos Canyon, Eagle Nest, Valle Escondido, and Black Lake, which may continue to show for several days. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings but should lift by mid-morning.

Firefighters utilize hand ignitions to mimic a natural burn used to reduce fuels and cleanup the understory. The prescribed burn has received periodic precipitation during and after burning operations. This has been a factor in helping firefighters maintain a low intensity burn which is desirable.

Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. Prescribed fire mimics natural fires by reducing accumulations of hazard fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

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 https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For additional information about these prescribed burns, contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.

Firefighters gather for briefing in the smoke hazed morning

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