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Magdalena Ranger District - The Hop/Patterson Canyon Prescribed Fire implementation

The Hop/Patterson Canyon Prescribed Fire will be implemented the week of December 03, 2018, or as soon as conditions are favorable.

Fire Managers for the Cibola National Forest are planning to execute several prescribed fires on the Magdalena 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:

  • Hop/Patterson Canyon Burn – The Hop/Patterson Canyon project area is located on the Magdalena Ranger District, approximately 2 miles east of Magdalena, NM.  Prescribed fire pile burning will take place in portions of the Hop/Patterson Canyon project area.   Hand ignitions will be used to ignite isolated debris piles over a widespread area within a clearly defined perimeter.  Up to 40 acres will be treated to promote forest health and provide protection to nearby communities.

This fire has been planned in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Environmental Quality http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/ and every effort will be 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

  • Prescribed fire project facts:

    • Ownership:  Cibola National Forest, Magdalena Ranger District

    • Legal Location:  Township 3 South, Range 4 West, Sections 11.

    • Duration:  multiple days once ignition is commenced

    • Smoke conditions will be monitored for impact to US Hwy 60 west and east of Magdalena, NM.

    • Personnel will monitor and patrol the prescribed fire perimeter, roads, and trails after ignition has ceased until all hazards are mitigated.

If you have questions about the Hop/Patterson Canyon prescribed fire, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District at 575-854-2281.