Amole Fire managed by fire crews to help forest health

Posted 9/12/19

Hand and aerial ignitions were conducted on the Amole Fire burning south of Taos, sending up a new plume of smoke Thursday afternoon (Sept. 12).

The fire, which was started by lightning and …

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Amole Fire managed by fire crews to help forest health

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Hand and aerial ignitions were conducted on the Amole Fire burning south of Taos, sending up a new plume of smoke Thursday afternoon (Sept. 12).

The fire, which was started by lightning and reported Sept. 2, is low to moderately active and has grown to 650 acres in Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. The number of firefighting personnel on the fire was reduced to 106 by Thursday.

Fire crew chipped old slash piles of thinned trees and limbs, and burned along an established fireline south of Amole Canyon Road Wednesday (Sept. 11). 

Fire managers are using the naturally sparked fire to burn out some of the undergrowth in the forest, which can help reduce the intensity of future wildfires. "Old Gambel oak thickets are being burned and younger thickets are being thinned.  Some firs, junipers and spruce encroaching on timber stands are being consumed by the fire allowing for the regeneration of aspen which is a desired effect," according to a statement from the Forest Service

State Road 518 is open though visibility for drivers could be impacted by smoke. 

A temporary area closure is in effect (#02-469) in the area surrounding the Amole fire to provide for firefighter and public safety. The Amole Canyon and Tio Maes trail systems are within the closure area and use of these trails is not allowed.  All other forest trails are available for recreation. The closure order and map are available online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6589/.

Taos, Taos Canyon and the communities of Valle Escondido, Angel Fire, Rio Lucio, Chacon and Dixon could be impacted by smoke in the early afternoon and evening dependent on wind direction. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For information on air quality and your health, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5 or contact the Carson National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 575-758-6200.

 

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