Valles Caldera National Preserve Continues Winter Prescribed Burns

Pile burn area: San Antonio Mountain

DATE: February 4, 2022

CONTACT: Dave Krueger,, 575-829-4100 ext. 3

Valles Caldera National Preserve Continues Winter Prescribed Burns

Jemez Springs, NM – On Tuesday, February 8, the National Park Service will continue the prescribed burn projects in Valles Caldera National Preserve by burning piles of previously thinned materials on San Antonio Mountain. This is the second of five areas around the preserve where burn piles have been prepared. The operation is expected to take several days to complete. The purpose is to reduce hazardous fuels and the chance for future high-intensity wildfires. 

Smoke may be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains, including La Cueva, Sierra Los Pinos, Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo, Cañon, Gilman and Los Alamos. Smoke may linger for a few days after each burn. 

Updates will be posted on the preserve’s website, Twitter @VallesCalderaFacebook page, and New Mexico Fire Information website. Smoke-sensitive individuals may also be added to the preserve’s notification system by contacting or 575-829-4100, option 3

Valles Caldera National Preserve | About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as Valles Caldera. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history. Visit us at

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