Final Update-Carson NF La Jara Prescribed Fire, July 7

The La Jara Prescribed Fire is cancelled until further notice due to significant rainfall over the burn area yesterday and overnight. Additional rainfall is expected today. This will not give the fuels enough time to dry out before the monsoonal moisture arrives. We will try to finish the Taos Pines unit in late September. The 576-acre Bull Springs Unit is complete. A total of 657 acres were completed in both units.

We would like to thank the local fire departments, the public, and local residents for their support during our burning operations. Prescribed fires like this one are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. Prescribed fires mimic natural fires by reducing accumulations of hazard fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. This prescribed fire was designed to help mitigate risk of high-severity wildfire, provide community protection and promote watershed and forest health.

Smoke may still be visible for the next few weeks however local fire personnel will be patrolling the area on a regular basis. 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 For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to

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

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