Gila NF: Pile Burning to begin on Reserve Ranger District

January 7, 2020 — Fire managers on the Reserve Ranger District may begin pile burning later this week, beginning with Black Deer/Six Shooter Piles up Forest Road 141 (Tractor Piles). Winter is an optimal time to burn slash piles because the snow on the ground keeps the fire from spreading to adjacent vegetation.  The area will be signed and posted for public awareness.

Smoke may be visible in the areas where the burns are being conducted and may linger at night and in the early morning but will normally decrease significantly as daytime weather prevails. Smoke will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals and those with respiratory or heart disease should take precautionary measures. Air quality information and health protection measures are posted online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website: https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Reserve District Fire Management Officer, Shilow Norton or Fuels Specialist Pete Delgado at (575) 533-6231.

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