Prescribed Burn Planned for Santa Fe WatershedPostponed Indefinitely

SANTA FE, NM – April 12, 2022 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have postponed the previously announced prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed on the Española Ranger District. Earlier, fire managers had identified a window starting April 18 to implement the prescribed burn to reduce fuel loading and protect the watershed that provides approximately 40% of the water for Santa Fe residents.

The SFNF is focused on suppressing the Hermit Peak Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. With the neighboring fire activity and the diminishing window for spring prescribed burns, fire managers will determine a later date for the broadcast burn in the Santa Fe Watershed.

Prescribed burns like the Santa Fe Watershed project are part of the Forest Service’s comprehensive 10-year strategy for protecting communities and improving resilience in America’s forests. The intent of the Wildfire Management Strategy is to increase fuels treatments that help firefighters respond safely to incidents, restore and maintain resilient landscapes, and create fire-adapted communities. The plan calls for treating up to an additional 20 million acres of National Forest System lands, and up to an additional 30 million acres of other federal, state, tribal and private lands.

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 Española Ranger Station at (505) 753-7331.

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