Taos, New Mexico – October 8, 2021 – Fire managers in the Carson National Forest plan to implement prescribed burns near El Rito and Tres Piedras, New Mexico, this fall. These fuel treatments will be implemented with the aim of restoring and improving the health of forests.
Ensenada’s broadcast burn treats 1,243 acres near El Rito and Tio Gordito’s broadcast burn treats 3,319 acres. These burns are scheduled between October 11 and December 2 only when conditions are favorable for the burn.
The decision to implement a specific prescribed burn depends on several conditions, including the national level of forest fire preparedness, resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality, ventilation and conditions. weather forecast. During the COVID-19 pandemic, fire managers consider the impacts of smoke on communities before making the final decision to implement a prescribed burn. Careful planning and implementation actions are taken to minimize the impacts of smoke on communities and roads.
These prescribed burns are designed to meet specific objectives and will be managed primarily by firefighters and public safety.
Smoke may be visible from surrounding areas: Taos, Questa, Tres Piedras, Canon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, Las Tablas, Petaca, Carson, Antonito, Alamosa, Abiquiu and El Rito during and after the ignitions. The Carson National Forest manages prescribed burns in accordance with New Mexico state regulations for air quality and smoke management. People sensitive to smoke and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information about air quality and protecting your health is available online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website.
Prescribed burning is part of a scientific framework for the management of ponderosa pine forests and dry mixed coniferous forests such as the Carson National Forest to reduce the risk of high intensity fires and allow low intensity fires. to play their natural role in frequent fires. ecosystem.
Fire updates will be posted on the Carson National Forest website, the New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Carson National Forest Facebook and Twitter pages.