Stable Canyon Prescribed Burn Looks Good for Sunday 

SANTA FE, NM – Oct. 15, 2021 – If conditions remain favorable, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin implementation of the previously announced Stable Canyon prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District on Sunday.

The decision to proceed will depend on multiple factors, including resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality, ventilation, and forecasted weather and wind. Prescribed burns are designed to meet specific objectives and are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Crews will use hand and aerial ignitions to treat 1,600 acres adjacent to Forest Road 604 approximately 6 miles north/northwest of the village of Jemez Springs. Crews expect to complete the Stable Canyon prescribed burn in three days. For additional information, refer to the SFNF press release issued on Oct. 12.

The SFNF manages all prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke from the Stable Canyon prescribed burn may be visible from US Route 550, Cañon, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Sierra Los Pinos, La Cueva, Gilman, Ponderosa and Fenton Lake State Park. 

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 by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505-827-0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to

Fire updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information, contact the Jemez Ranger Station at 575-829-3535.

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