Carson National Forest Plans Spring Prescribed Burns to Reduce Fuels before Wildland Fire Season

TAOS, NM – April 21, 2021 —Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are planning to implement prescribed burns in the coming weeks to reduce hazardous fuels before the onset of the 2021 wildland fire season. Fuels treatments are an effective way to slow wildfires and change fire behavior. The projects under consideration from April 25 through May 2 are:

  • 1,243-acre Ensenada broadcast burn in El Rito, New Mexico.
  • 1,893-acre Martinez Canyon broadcast burn in Tres Piedras, New Mexico.

After ignitions begin, smoke may be visible from the communities of Taos, Questa, Tres Piedras, Carson, Antonito, Alamosa, Abiquiu 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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