To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions sometime between October 15 and February 28, 2019 on Vallecitos piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 187 acres of the Vallecitos piles.
The Vallecitos piles area is located about three miles northeast of Jemez Springs. Smoke may be visible from Jemez Springs, San Ysidro, La Cueva, and Highway 4.
Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire adapted ecosystems. The prescribed burns mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. The Vallecitos piles burn, as it removes dead forest fuels, will also promote forest health.
Prescribed burns are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Information on air quality and protecting your health using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.
For additional information about the Vallecitos piles burn, contact the Jemez Ranger District at (575)829-3535.