Ensenada Prescribed Fire Planned on El Rito Ranger District, Carson NF

Taos, NM—September 6, 2019—Fire managers on the Carson National Forest plan to take advantage of favorable conditions including fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts to implement the Ensenada prescribed fire on the El Rito Ranger District. The project is approximately 1,200 acres. Burning could begin as early as mid to late September depending on conditions.

The prescribed fire is located 5 miles north of the community of Cañon Plaza and 10 miles southwest of Tres Piedras. The area is accessed from Forest Road (FR) 42. The southern boundary of the burn area is FR 42F. The western, northern, and eastern boundaries are a combination of user created roads that have been improved.

The purpose of this broadcast burn is to reduce hazardous fuels following thinning and fuelwood removal activities. This will help lessen the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property, and critical watersheds for adjacent communities. Reintroducing fire into a fire adapted ecosystem will improve forest health, forest structure, forest resiliency and wildlife habitat.

Smoke may be visible from Cañon Plaza, US Highway 64, Tres Piedras, Taos, and Vallecitos. Smoke may impact Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, and Tres Piedras. Smoke may also impact US Highway 64 to the north, State Highway 111 to the south, and Forest Road 42 to the east.

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/ or contact the El Rito Ranger District 575-581-4554.

For additional information about this prescribed fire, contact the El Rito Ranger District at 575-581-4554.


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