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SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-severity wildfire. The Gallinas Watershed treatment area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems like the Santa Fe National Forest. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. 

For additional information, contact the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District offices at 505.425.3534 or 505.757.6121.


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