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Santa Fe Fire Department, Forest Stewards Plan Prescribed Burn to Reduce Risks To Lives and Property
Santa Fe, NM – The City of Santa Fe Fire Department Wildland Division and the Forest Stewards Guild are planning to take advantage of snowpack conditions to conduct a prescribed pile burn on city land near the municipal watershed starting January 16th and continuing on through February 1st, 2019.
The burn will be contingent on wind, relative humidity, temperature, and expected weather patterns and may be postponed and/or cancelled until conditions permit. This work is part of the Fire Department’s mission to reduce risk to lives and property from wildfire. It is also part of the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition’s goal to improve the health and long-term resilience of forested watersheds and communities by addressing wildfire.
Due to the location of the Aztec Springs Prescribed Pile Burn and its proximity to the city smoke will be visible from City of Santa Fe, State Road 475, State Road 590, and State Road 84/285. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and drainages overnight but should lift by mid-morning. Lingering smoke may be present for up to two days after ignitions are complete.
The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition offers a HEPA Filter Loan program to assist smoke sensitive individuals during the burn. These filters are distributed on a first come- first served basis. For more information please visit: www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/ .
During the burn period, information regarding the project can be obtained by calling the Santa Fe Fire Department Wildland Division at 505-955-3901 or visiting www.santafefireshed.org.
If you are a private landowner in the Santa Fe or Tesuque watersheds and are interested in using prescribed fire as a management tool to reduce the risk of wildfire on your property, there are resources available to you. Please visit www.mysouthwestwoods.org or contact Kendal Martel at [bot protected email address] to learn more.