Kiowa-San Cristobal Jackpot Prescribed Burn in progress

March 16, 2022 – If conditions remain favorable, firefighters will ignite the Kiowa-San Cristobal Jackpot Prescribed Fire today. This fire targets 110 acres of slash south of San Cristobal and west of Highway 552 (N27 N, R12 E, Sections 10-11).

Smoke may be visible in surrounding areas during and after ignitions.

Prescribed fire is part of a science-based framework for managing forests to reduce the risk of severe wildfire and allow less intense fire to play its natural role in a frequent-fire ecosystem. Fuel treatments, such as prescribed burns, are an effective way to slow wildfires and moderate fire behavior.

The decision to implement a specific prescribed burn depends on multiple conditions and parameters; including the national wildland fire preparedness level and resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality, smoke dispersal, and forecast weather and winds. Fire managers consider smoke impacts to communities before making a final decision to implement a prescribed fire.

Each prescribed fire is designed to accomplish specific objectives and is managed with firefighter and public safety as the highest priority.

The Carson National Forest manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website.

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