Prescribed Burns Planned In Coyote Area

by Staff Reporter / Jun 04, 2017 / comments

Prescribed Burns Planned In Coyote Area

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, are watching the weather and other factors to identify optimal windows to continue work on previously announced prescribed burns this spring.

Recently, crews completed approximately 50 acres on the French Mesa unit. If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable, they may resume ignitions on that unit. The 5,041-acre French Mesa treatment area is approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.

Check the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page at www.facebook.com/santafeNF or follow @SantafeNF on Twitter for real-time updates.

Fire managers are also keeping their eyes on the Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) treatment area, 500 acres located 1 mile south of Gallina off of NM Highway 96, and the Mesa Poleo unit, 300 acres of hazardous fuels located 1.5 miles southwest of the community of Mesa Poleo and 3 miles southwest of Coyote. All three locations are prepped and ready for treatment.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fireadapted 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 the first 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.  Depending on which unit fire managers select, smoke will likely be visible from Gallina, Coyote, Lindrith, Regina, Llaves, La Jara, Youngsville, Ghost Ranch, Cañones, Rio Chama, the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, Canjilon, NM 96 and US 84.  

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’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For additional information, contact the Coyote Ranger District at 575.638.5526.