Carson National Forest Planning to Implement Prescribed Burn near El Rito Thursday

Taos, NM – October 20, 2021 – Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are planning to implement the Ensenada broadcast burn Thursday near El Rito, New Mexico, treating 1,243 acres to restore and improve forest health.

The decision to implement the burn depends on multiple conditions, including the resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality, ventilation, and forecasted weather. Prescribed burns are designed to meet specific objectives and will be managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. Careful planning and implementation actions are exercised to reduce smoke impacts to communities and roadways as much as foreseeably possible.

The Carson National Forest manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke may be visible from the surrounding areas: Taos, Questa, Tres Piedras, Canon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, Las Tablas, Petaca, Carson, Antonito, Alamosa, Abiquiu and El Rito during and after ignitions are completed.

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 Carson National Forest website, New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Carson National Forest Facebook and Twitter pages.

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