Forest Stewards Guild, NM State Land Office, and The Ember Alliance to conduct prescribed burns in Black Lake Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 21, 2021

Contact(s): Eytan Krasilovsy, Forest Stewards Guild

Black Lake, New Mexico. – The New Mexico State Land Office, the Forest Stewards Guild and The Ember Alliance are planning to burn up to 700 acres in late-October and early-November in the Black Lake Area south of Angel Fire, New Mexico. Ignitions may occur on more than one day during the weeks of October 25 to November 13, 2021. This burn is being done to reduce the risk of severe impacts from wildfire and improve forest health. The prescribed fire area is located approximately 7 miles south of Angel Fire. Operations may begin as soon as October 25, depending on weather and fuels conditions.

Burn operations will be managed by personnel from the New Mexico State Land Office, the Forest Stewards Guild and other fire resources working closely with local departments and agencies. The burn units are part of the larger Little Coyote Creek prescribed burn project, which has been in progress since 2008. It is aimed at reducing ground fuels, lessening the impacts of unplanned wildfires on adjacent communities, restoring fire to the ponderosa pine ecosystems, and improving wildlife habitat.

Residents, visitors, and hunters can expect to see smoke while burn operations are occurring. Daytime smoke is expected to travel to an easterly direction and will be heavier during daytime ignition operations. Nighttime smoke is expected to move down canyon into the surrounding drainages. Smoke may be visible from as far away as Taos or Raton. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. More information about smoke impacts is available at https://nmtracking.org/environ_exposure/fire-and/smoke/.

New Mexico’s forests are part of a fire adapted ecosystem. In the past, they experienced frequent, low-intensity fires regularly. As part of the overall Little Coyote Creek project, reintroducing fire back to this ecosystem is a key step. Managers use prescribed fire to reproduce that fire regime under specific conditions. Ignitions will only occur when specific weather, fuels and smoke requirements are met. Current information will be posted on Angel Fire Fire Department Facebook page on the day prescribed fire ignitions are planned to take place.

For more information, please contact Eytan Krasilovsy at 505-470-0185.

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