Carson National Forest Planning Prescribed Pile Burn to Reduce Fuels

Taos, NM – October 6, 2021Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are planning to implement prescribed pile burns in the Canjilon Lakes Campground this fall. The piles are a result of hazard tree removal efforts during the last several years.

The Canjilon Lakes Piles prescribed burn encompasses a 186-acre area. The pile burns are planned to be implemented between October 7 through December 12 only when conditions are favorable for burning.

The decision to implement a specific prescribed burn depends on multiple conditions, including the national wildland fire preparedness level and resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality, ventilation, and forecasted weather and winds. During the COVID-19 pandemic, fire managers consider smoke impacts to communities before making a final decision to implement a prescribed burn.

The prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives and will be managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Smoke may be visible from the communities of Canjilon, Cebolla, Placita Garcia, Rincon Blanco, Abiquiú, Ghost Ranch and Tierra Amarilla areas during and after ignitions begin. 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 website, New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Carson National Forest Facebook and Twitter pages.

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