SANTA FE, NM – Oct. 29, 2019 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning a prescribed pile burn on the Coyote Ranger District. The 67-acre Highway 96 burn unit is located along NM State Road 96 about 4 miles west of the Coyote Ranger Station and 4 miles east of the Gallina Post Office. The timing of the Highway 96 pile burn will depend on favorable conditions, including snow on the ground, fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. The Highway 96 pile burn will remove woody debris from previous thinning operations. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
The SFNF manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke may be visible from Coyote and Gallina and along NM State Road 96 and Forest Roads 103, 76 and 77. Drivers should expect low visibility along those roadways.
Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505-827-0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.
For additional information about this prescribed burn, please contact the Coyote Ranger District at 575.638.5526.