Burning Continues on La Jara Prescribed Fire, Carson NF, July 3, 2019

Fire managers are taking advantage of ideal burning conditions to continue the La Jara prescribed fire on the Camino Real Ranger District today. Over the past five days, 386 acres have successfully been completed in the Taos Pines and Bull Springs units that are located off Highway 64 at Palo Flechado Pass. Prescribed fire operations will not occur on July 4th but will continue on Friday, July 5th and possibly through Monday if conditions allow.

The prescribed burn has received periodic precipitation which is helping to maintain a low intensity burn which is desirable. “Burning is going extremely well,” said Camino Real District Ranger Sean Ferrell. “While I realize conducting the burn around the July 4th holiday may not be ideal for visitors, we are utilizing this short window of opportunity to further protect the homes in nearby communities. Our operations have intentionally been slow and methodical being careful not to put up too much smoke.” Firefighters are checking conditions hourly and will continue to cease operations if conditions aren’t ideal.

Smoke is expected to move east and may be visible from Taos and in the communities of Angel Fire, Taos Canyon, Eagle Nest, Valle Escondido, and Black Lake for several days. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings but should lift by mid-morning. 

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 associated with this prescribed fire.

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 information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke/

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

 

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