Sulphur Canyon Prescribed Fire Postponed

Sandia Ranger District

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – February 13, 2023 – The Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands has postponed the Sulphur Canyon prescribed fire pile burning due to forecast weather conditions that are outside of prescription criteria.

Pending agency administrator approval and conditions within the ranges outlined in burn plan, the Sulphur Canyon pile burning may be rescheduled. Optimal conditions would result in effective smoke ventilation and dispersal and to achieve the desired effects needed to accomplish the burn plan objectives. Location of the previously announced pile burn area of the Sulphur unit under the Sandia Pile RX plan is located in the Sandia east mountains, north of I-40, west of NM-14 and south of NM-536.

Prescribed fires are utilized to remove hazardous fuels, return nutrients to the soil and improve forest health. Fuels specialists write prescribed burn plans that identify – or prescribe – the best conditions under which trees and other plants will burn to safely optimize results. Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation and optimal conditions for smoke dispersal.

Announcements and updates on prescribed fire projects will be posted on InciWeb, New Mexico Fire Information and on the Cibola NF & NGs website, Cibola Facebook and Cibola Twitter sites.

Sandia Ranger District Office: 505-281-3304

Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Supervisor’s Office: 505-346-3900

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