Carson National Forest Makes Progress on Mesita Prescribed Burn

Taos, NM April 13, 2021 — Fire managers are taking advantage of favorable conditions and cooler temperatures today to proceed with the previously announced Mesita broadcast burn in the Canjilon Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). The 902-acre Mesita broadcast burn near Canjilon, New Mexico is a project to protect communities from high-severity wildfire and reduce hazardous fuels before the 2021 wildland fire season.

The decision to proceed with a prescribed fire depends on favorable conditions, including snowpack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts. Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

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

Smoke from the Mesita prescribed burn may be visible from the communities of Canjilon, Cebolla, Placita Garcia, Rio Blanco, Abiquiú and El Rito, New Mexico. The Carson National Forest manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. 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.

Prescribed fire is part of a science-based framework for managing ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests like the Carson National Forest to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire and allow low-intensity fire to play its natural role in a frequent-fire ecosystem.

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

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