Prescribed Burn Producing Visible Smoke Around Angel Fire Area This Week

News: November 9, 2021

Contact(s): Eytan Krasilovsky, Forest Stewards Guild

Black Lake, New Mexico., Nov. 9, 2021The Little Coyote Creek prescribed fire is occurring in the Black Lake area approximately seven miles south of Angel Fire, New Mexico. It is producing smoke that is visible from around the greater Angel Fire area and may be seen as far away as Taos or Raton, New Mexico. Prescribed fire operations are expected to continue through this week as conditions allow.

Cooler seasonal conditions along with specific fuel moistures have allowed land managers from the New Mexico State Land Office, the Forest Stewards Guild, and The Ember Alliance to begin prescribed fire operations. As of Tuesday, November 8, firefighters had completed operations on 144 acres. In 2016 managers successfully treated 500 acres. This project has been ongoing since 2008 and has included several steps towards forest restoration. Reintroducing fire is a key step towards this goal.

Prescribed fires occur under specific conditions that are monitored regularly by fire managers. Ignitions only occur when weather, fuels, and smoke requirements are met. Current information will be posted on Angel Fire Fire Department Facebook page on the day(s) prescribed fire ignitions are planned to take place.

Crews will remain in the Black Lake area to monitor the prescribed fire and smoke impacts. Smoke may linger throughout the nights following days when ignitions have occurred. The overall duration of this prescribed fire is influenced by weather conditions which determine the best days to burn. Operations are planned from November 8 – November 13, 2021, as conditions allow. Air quality will be monitored closely, and steps will be taken as necessary to limit the impacts to residents, visitors, and hunters.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. More information about smoke impacts is available at To borrow a HEPA filter visit

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

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