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Pile Burns Planned across the Carson National ForestFire managers on the Carson National Forest plan to conduct pile burns on the Camino Real and Tres Piedras Ranger Districts sometime between November 2018 and February 2019 as conditions allow.
These piles are composed of dry vegetation called slash, such as tree tops, limbs, branches, brush, and other cut miscellaneous materials. The slash is created from previous thinning and associated fuelwood removal activities. The purpose is to reduce the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and natural resources in the Wildland Urban Interface area that surrounds the communities.
Fire managers burn the piles during safe burning conditions, generally after a snowfall or significant rain event. These prescribed burns are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
The planned treatment areas are:
East La Jara Piles - The unit is 25 acres located off State Highway 64 and State Highway 434, west of Taos Pines, and 2 miles northwest of Angel Fire.
Ojo Sarco Piles - The unit is approximately 150 acres and is located off State Highway 76, south of Ojo Sarco.
Tio Gordito Piles - The unit is approximately 25 acres and is located 6 miles south of Tres Piedras.
Pile burn operations require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and as such typically produce lighter smoke than a prescribed broadcast burn. Information on air quality and protecting your health using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
For more information about these prescribed burns visit the Carson National Forest webpage www.fs.usda.gov/carson.
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Camino Real District Announces Plan for Fall 2018 Prescribed BurnsTaos, NM (September 17, 2018) - For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest have announced locations where they plan to complete prescribed fire projects starting in October and continuing through November of 2018. Approximately 1,442 acres could be eligible for treatment, but the implementation of each project will only occur when weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal conditions are within the defined prescription parameters. Borrego Mesa: The Borrego prescribed burn is located 3 miles north of Penasco, and ¼ mile west of Hwy 518 off of FS road 468. The unit, predominantly Ponderosa Pine, will be a broadcast burn of up to 456 acres. The objective is to reduce slash remaining from green fuelwood units by at least 50 percent. Smoke may be visible from Taos, Vadito, Hwy 518 and the surrounding communities of Penasco. Taos Pines and Bull Springs: These prescribed burn units are located off Hwy 64 at Palo Flechado Pass. Taos Pines consisting of 410 acres, is adjacent to the community of Taos Pines and FS road 5. Bull Springs prescribed burn is 576 acres and is south of State Hwy 64 along the A1 spur of the Ellio... FULL STORY >
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