Pile Burning in El Malpais National Monument


Weather conditions will be closely monitored to insure that the appropriate conditions exist to safely burn these piles. Smoke may be visible for several miles.

These wood piles are the result of mechanical thinning that was done in previous years to decrease fuel loads that will assist with reducing the possibility of a crown replacement fire during wildfire situations. This type of thinning also improves forest “edge” habitat which is beneficial to a variety of wildlife species.

For questions about the pile burning call the Fire Management Officer Kevin Parrish at (505) 285-4641 x35.

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