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The Carson National Forest is planning four prescribed burns to take place through May in Taos County. Pictured: The view of a prescribed burn from a watchtower in Carson National Forest near El Rito in October 2021.

U.S. Forest Service fire managers with the Carson National Forest are considering four prescribed burns to take place through May.

Depending on several environmental factors such as wind speed and moisture levels, prescribed burns could occur this winter or into late spring and later fall weather days.

The projects under consideration between now and the end of May are:

  • 80 acres, Tio North pile burn in Tres Piedras, New Mexico.
  • 177 acres, Willow pile burn in Tres Piedras, New Mexico.
  • 113 acres, El Rito Canyon thinning burn in El Rito, New Mexico.
  • 120 acres, Kiowa-San Cristobal slash burn, located south of Forest Road 7 and south of San Cristobal, NM.

The Forest Service describes prescribed burns as a method “to reduce the risk of severe wildfire and allow less intense fire to play its natural role in a frequent-fire ecosystem.” 

Information on air quality and how to protect your health from smoke produced by the burns can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website.

For updates on future prescribed burn projects visit the Carson National Forest website at fs.usda.gov/carson as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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