Media and Public Advisory:SFNF May Implement Las Dispensas Prescribed Burn Tomorrow

SANTA FE, NM – April 5, 2021 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to resume implementation of the previously announced Las Dispensas prescribed burn on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District tomorrow if forecasted conditions stay in place.

Prescribed burns are designed to meet specific objectives and are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. For more information on the Las Dispensas prescribed burn, see previous press releases on the SFNF website.

Crews hope to complete as much of the 1,207-acre Las Dispensas treatment area as conditions will allow throughout the month of April. The Las Dispensas unit is part of a larger project to protect the Gallinas Watershed, a primary water source for the City of Las Vegas.

Smoke may be visible from Gallinas, El Porvenir, San Pablo, Mineral Hill, San Geronimo, Gascon, Pendaries, Las Vegas and along the I-25 corridor.

The SFNF manages all 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.

Fire updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information, contact the Pecos Ranger Station at 505-757-6121 or the Las Vegas Ranger Station at 505-425-3534.

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