SFNF Temporarily Suspends Prescribed Burning During COVID-19 Outbreak

Release Date: Mar 20, 2020

Contact(s): Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE, NM – March 20, 2020 – The Santa Fe National Forest today announced that all planned prescribed burns have been postponed until further notice. 

Potential smoke impacts to the public are always considered in prescribed fire and wildfire management. The decision to postpone ignitions will:

  • prevent any effects from smoke that might further endanger at-risk members of our communities, and
  • reduce exposure for Forest Service employees, cooperators and other resources assigned to the prescribed fire who would not be able to follow current guidance on unnecessary travel and social distancing.

The SFNF’s first priority is to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public by following COVID-19 guidance from federal, state and local authorities.


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