Prescribed Fires Planned for the Sandia Ranger District

Release Date: Oct 14, 2017  

Albuquerque, NM, October 14, 2017 - Fire Managers are planning to execute several prescribed fires on the Sandia Ranger District this fall and winter.  Prescribed fires are planned ignitions conducted under specific conditions to restore fire dependent ecosystems.  These fires promote forest health in many ways such as reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients, and increasing habitat diversity.  They are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.  The following will be conducted as conditions allow:

•             David Canyon Prescribed Fire – up to 600 acres will be treated to promote forest health and provide protection to nearby communities.  This will be a broadcast burn, meaning that hand ignitions will be used to ignite ground fuels over a widespread area within a clearly defined perimeter.  This site is located approximately 6 miles south of Tijeras.

•             Hondo Prescribed Fire – up to 100 acres will be treated to promote forest health and provide protection to nearby communities.  This will be a pile burn, meaning that slash and dead forest fuels will be stacked into individual mounds that will be ignited when conditions are favorable.  This site is located approximately 1 mile west/southwest of Sandia Park.

•             Sulphur Prescribed Fire – up to 170 acres will be treated to promote forest health and provide protection to nearby communities.  This will also be a broadcast burn.  This site is located approximately 1 mile west of Sandia Park. 

Prescribed fires are planned in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Environmental Quality http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/ and every effort is made to minimize smoke impacts; however, smoke from prescribed fires is inevitable.  Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire  For more information, please call the Sandia Ranger District at 505-281-3304.

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