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11/30/2016 3:22 PM | Nancy Carpenter

To our Residents and Interested Parties:


The Sandia Ranger District will conduct the David Canyon Prescribed Fire if conditions are favorable the week of December 5.  This is a planned ignition that will be conducted under specific conditions to restore the fire dependent ecosystem.    Prescribed fires promote forest health by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients, and increasing habitat diversity.  They are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.  


Approximately 200 acres will be treated in David Canyon Prescribed Fire.  In addition to promoting forest health, this project will also enhance community protection.  This will be a broadcast burn, meaning that hand ignitions will be used to ignite ground fuels over a widespread area within a clearly defined perimeter.  This site is located approximately 6 miles south of Tijeras. 


A closure order is in effect for roads, trails and the area surrounding the David Canyon burn area.  


Prescribed fires are planned in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Environmental Quality http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/ and every effort is made to minimize smoke impacts; however, smoke from prescribed fires is inevitable.  Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire  


For additional information, please contact the Sandia Ranger District at 505-281-3304.


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