Carson NF-La Jara Prescribed Fire Update July 6

Ignitions are continuing today in the Taos Pines unit of the La Jara Prescribed Fire adjacent to the community of Taos Pines and Forest Service Road 5. Yesterday crews did not burn due to dry and windy conditions. Fire managers are being careful to only burn under ideal conditions to keep firefighters and the public safe. “The implementation of our prescribed fire projects occur when weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal conditions remain favorable,” said Camino Real District Ranger Sean Ferrell. “We will cease operations if we do not have optimal conditions.”

The 546-acre Bull Springs Unit has been completed and will continue to be monitored daily. Burning will continue through the next several days if conditions allow. Rainfall is forecasted in the area and could delay burning.

Smoke may appear in the communities of Angel Fire, Taos Canyon, Eagle Nest, Valle Escondido, and Black Lake. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evening 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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