Coyote Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns
Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Sept. 26 and Dec. 31, 2017.
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Coyote District:
- French Mesa treatment area, 5,041 acres located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina
- Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) treatment area, 500 acres located 1 mile south of Gallina off of NM Highway 96
- Mesa Poleo unit, 500 acres of hazardous fuels located 1.5 miles southwest of the community of Mesa Poleo and 3 miles southwest of Coyote.
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 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(s) 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.