SFNF Cuba District Plans Moya Prescribed Burn

SANTA FE, NM – April 21, 2021 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to conduct a prescribed burn on the Oso 4 unit of the Moya treatment area on the Cuba Ranger District.

Hand and aerial ignitions on the 966-acre unit, located 5 miles northeast of the community of Lindrith, could begin as early as today.

The Oso 4 unit prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection by reducing the risk of severe wildfire and promote forest health. Prescribed fires are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke management is a key part of the planning and implementation of prescribed burns. The SFNF manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke from the Oso 4 prescribed burn may be visible from La Jara, Cuba, Regina, Lindrith, El Vado, Dulce, and NM Highway 96.

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. Information on the Forest Stewards Guild’s HEPA Filter Loan Program is available here.

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website, the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

For more information, contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575-289-3264.

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