Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have postponed the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.
The plan was to conduct the burn on Tuesday, April 2, but due to current conditions, including forecasted weather and fuel moisture levels, ignitions are on hold until Friday, April 5. That window could change again, depending on conditions.
Up to 500 acres, including 50 acres of piles, will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Operations should be completed within a day.
Smoke will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Glorieta, Pecos Canyon, El Dorado and the I-25 corridor. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and drainages overnight but should lift by midmorning. Lingering smoke may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete.
Information on air quality and protecting your health by 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 more information, contact the Española Ranger Station at 505-753-7331.