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May 1, 2019

Wet Weather Provides Opportunities for Spring Prescribed Burning


The Cibola National Forest, Mountainair Ranger District is again looking at the opportunity to conduct burning beginning tomorrow, May 1st  and could continue through the weekend if conditions allow.  The area is located north of Forest Road #275 and west of Game road.  The approximate size of the first portion of planned burning is 235 acres.  If burning continues past Thursday, it will remain in the same area and will add an additional 300 acres for a total of 535 acres.

The goal of these burns is to improve watershed and wildlife biodiversity and help protect private property in the event of a wildfire by reducing fuel loading (fuel available to burn). Our ecosystem depends on fire to promote new vegetation, enhance habitat and reduce the threat of large fire. It also improves public and firefighter safety by reducing the accumulated fuels that could otherwise contribute to more intense fire behavior under hotter and drier conditions.

During the prescribed burn, roads directly affected by the burn may be closed to the public. Signs will be posted in any areas with temporary road closures. Temporary road signs warning about smoke and activity on the roads will be posted on State Highways 131 and 55 along with Forest Roads #422, #253 and #275. Smoke may be noticeable throughout any of the local mountain communities and could include the Estancia Valley and the west side of the Manzano Mountains. Smoke may be seen as far north as State Highways 217 and 337 in the Tijeras area. Fire fighters will make every attempt to burn during times of the day when ventilation is optimal. Additional fire vehicles will be in the area patrolling and monitoring the roads. Please drive carefully when on affected roads as visibility might be impacted due to smoke.
For further information contact Arlene Perea at 505-506-1959, 505-847-2990 or atperea@fs.fed.us.

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