Glorieta Camps winter season prescribed burning planned to begin 1/3/2023

For Immediate Release

Glorieta Camps, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards
plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including moisture levels, air quality, wind direction, and weather forecasts, and initiate prescribed burning at Glorieta Camps as early as January 3rd, 2022. Glorieta Camps is west of the village of Pecos. The burning will occur throughout the winter as conditions allow. This burn will be implemented by the All Hands All Lands Burn Team’s Pile Squad, a program of the Forest Stewards Guild, which is a fully qualified team designed to implement pile burns.

Up to 50 acres of piles will be treated with hand ignitions by trained and qualified firefighters working under a burn boss within the parameters of an approved and permitted burn plan. All burn operations will occur with snow on the ground and will be patrolled until out. These actions are part of Glorieta Camps long-term and science-based commitment to improve forest health and reduce the risks wildfire poses to communities, forests, and watersheds.

Smoke and flames may be visible due to the proximity of the site to I-25 and Glorieta. Smoke may be visible from Pecos, La Cueva, and Eldorado. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and drainages overnight but should lift by mid-morning. The Forest Stewards Guild works closely with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to monitor air quality during and limit the severity of smoke impacts.

This prescribed burn is happening in the context of the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition landscape. The Fireshed Coalition supports a HEPA Filter Loan Program so that smoke sensitive individuals can borrow a filter for the duration of the impacts. More information is here:

The Burn Team is supported by an agreement with The Nature Conservancy. The Forest Stewards Guild is an equal opportunity provider.

Eytan Krasilovsky, 505-983-8992 ext 707,
Sam Berry, 505-983-8992 ext 703,

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