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NEWS ARTICLE: 09-30-17

Questa and Camino Real Ranger Districts Plan Prescribed Burns This Fall

Fire managers on the Carson National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather to conduct prescribed burns sometime between October 1 and October 31, 2017.

 

Borrego Mesa: This will be a broadcast burn up to 165 acres, 3 miles northeast of Peñasco, 1 mile west of State Highway 518, ½ mile north of State Highway 75

 

Smoke may be visible from the following areas: State Highway 518, State Highway75, Peñasco, Vadito, Ojo Sarco, El Valle, Chamisal, Tres Ritos, Sipapu, Picuris Pueblo, and Rio Lucio.

 

Taos Ski Valley: This will consist of burning of slash piles at the Taos Ski Area. The first unit is approximately 1 acre at the end of the Deer parking area. The second unit is located at Ernie’s and North American ski runs and is approximately 25 acres. The third unit is located in the Wild West Glade area and is approximately 15 acres. The fourth unit is located near the Spencer’s area and is approximately 5 acres.

 

Smoke may be visible from the following areas: Taos Ski Valley, State Highway 150, Arroyo Seco, Arroyo Hondo, Red River, and Taos.

 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as thefirst priority.Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

 

Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’swebsite at https://nmtracking.org/fire. For additional information about the Borrego Mesa prescribed fire, contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255. For additional information about the Taos Ski Valley prescribed fire,contact the Questa Ranger District at 575-586-0520.