REMINDER: Pile Burns Planned for Hyde Memorial State Park March 9-14, 2020   

The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Forestry Division would like to remind you of a planned prescribed pile burn scheduled for next week (March 9-14, 2020) at Hyde Memorial State Park in Santa Fe. 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. Information on the HEPA filter loan program can be found at www.santafefireshed.org. Please review the attached press release for more information. Pile Burns Planned for Hyde Memorial State Park.PR (PDF)

SANTA FE, MARCH 4, 2020 – Fire managers from the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Forestry Division could begin pile burns at Hyde Memorial State Park as early as March 9, 2020, and continuing through March 14,m 2020 depending upon conditions. Variables include snowpack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction, and weather forecasts. 

Current snowfall in the area makes this an optimal time to burn the woody debris piles from prior thinning projects as it will help prevent flames from spreading to the surrounding vegetation. The 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.

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.

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