Gila National Forest – Pile burning planned for Wilderness Ranger District

Mimbres, NM, January 7, 2020—For Immediate Release. The Wilderness Ranger District is planning to burn piles through the winter and spring as weather conditions permit.

The plans for the Wilderness RD pile burns include the following locations:

  • Off NM Hwy 35 and Elkhorn Road, behind Desert West Auction
  • Lake Roberts off Forest Drive and Forest Service Road (FSR) 4206M
  • Off NM Hwy 35 behind Camp Thunderbird
  • Off NM Hwy 35 along Ponderosa Rd/FSR 4085Q (Continental Divide Loop)
  • Off NM Hwy 35 near mile marker 16, along FSR 4085Y
  • Off NM Hwy 35 along Lincoln Canyon Road, FSR 4079T
  • Off NM Hwy 35 by the Old GOS Ranch
  • Administrative sites

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:

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