Fire Managers Make Progress on the La Jara Pile Burns Today

TAOS, NM – Feb. 10, 2021 – Fire managers are taking advantage of favorable conditions to proceed with the previously announced La Jara pile burns today on the Carson National Forest to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire and amount of hazardous fuels on the ground. Crews completed over 10 acres of the 50-acre La Jara pile burns last month near the Taos Pines Community by Palo Flechado Pass on Highway 64.

The decision to proceed with a prescribed fire depends on favorable conditions, including snowpack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts. Generally, pile burns produce less smoke and burn with less intensity than broadcast burns across a larger landscape. Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

The prescribed pile burns will be managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

The Carson National Forest manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke from the La Jara pile burns may be visible from Taos Canyon, Valle Escondido, Taos Piles, Eagles Nest, Angel Fire and surrounding areas. A high priority of these prescribed burns will be to minimize smoke impacts to the surrounding communities by utilizing available Emissions Reduction Techniques (ERTs).

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website.

Fire updates will be posted on the Carson National Forest websiteNew Mexico Fire Information website and on the Carson National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @CarsonNF.

For more information on the La Jara pile burns, contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.

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