Pile Burning Planned for Hyde Memorial State Park in January

Santa Fe, NM – Fire managers from the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Forestry Division plan to implement prescribed pile burns at Hyde Memorial State Park within the month of January provided that conditions, including snowpack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction, and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

Recent snowfall makes this an optimal time to burn woody debris piles because it keeps the flames from spreading into surrounding vegetation. The 80-acre project to remove the piles before it becomes fuel for future wildfires, is a collaboration between EMNRD, the State Parks Division, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and Santa Fe National Forest Española Ranger District.

Hyde Memorial State Park is at an elevated risk for wildfire due to its location within the Santa Fe National Forest, visitor activities including untended campfires, and an increasing number of dead and stressed trees from insects and disease. The joint effort to reduce wildfire risk and improve the safety of visitors and the surrounding communities have been ongoing at Hyde Memorial State Park since 2015.

The pile burn will eliminate brush and wood piles in areas too difficult for the use of large equipment. Smoke from pile burns is generally minimal, but some smoke may be seen from Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Highway 475/Hyde Park Road could be temporarily closed if visibility is compromised. Hyde Memorial State Park will remain open to the public, but visitors are advised to obey all traffic signs and/or trail closures.

Smoke-sensitive individuals, including those with respiratory issues or heart disease, are advised to protect their health and limit outdoor exposure during the pile burn. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method is available online through the NM Department of Health (NMDOH) at https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program go to https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program.

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Media Contact: Wendy Mason 505-476-3209, wendy.mason@state.nm.us

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The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department provides resource protection and renewable energy resource development services to the public and other state agencies.
http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us

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