All Hands All Lands Burn Team mobilizing Pile Burn Squad in winter 2021-22

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2021
Contact: Eytan Krasilovsky, 505-470-0185,

All Hands All Lands Burn Team mobilizing a Pile Burn Squad in winter 2021-22 to reduce hazardous fuels on private, municipal, and federally managed lands.

Santa Fe, NM – Since 2018, a diverse array of partners have worked with The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild to implement prescribed fire across more than 12,515 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk. These forests are adapted to fire and require recurrent low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully fire-qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Burn Team took a strategic pause from prescribed fire operations to focus on burn planning and to learn how to safely operate in a COVID-19 environment. This pause resulted in the mobilization of a 4-person Pile Burn Squad (Squad) in the winter of 2020-2021. The Burn Team is building on their success to once again employ a Pile Burn Squad over winter 2021-2022. The Squad will conduct regular small-scale pile burns to address the backlog of piled fuels on private lands. They may also support burns on municipal, federal, or tribal jurisdictions.

Prescribed burns planned for this winter season include the extended Glorieta Camps Piles (Santa Fe County); Rancho del Ojo Piles (Rio Arriba County near Coyote); and 64/162 Piles (Rio Arriba County near Tierra Amarilla).

Piles are created from hand thinning projects and are part of a long-term process to make forests and watersheds more resilient to disturbances. Even when merchantable and usable forest products like firewood, latillas, or vigas are removed and utilized, the tops and limbs of trees remain on the land and are often piled for future burning.

The Squad will actively use emissions reduction techniques to minimize smoke impacts to local communities. They will do this in close coordination with local fire departments and air quality regulators.
Media, elected officials, and landowners interested in observing a burn are encouraged to contact Eytan Krasilovsky as soon as possible to coordinate.

To find out more and stay up to date, visit More information on smoke, human health, and a HEPA Filter Loan Program can be accessed by visiting Learn more about Fire Adapted Communities New Mexico at For more information call/text 505-470-0185.

The Burn Team is supported by an agreement between The Nature Conservancy and USDA Forest Service. The Forest Stewards Guild is an equal opportunity provider.


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