Prescribed burns resuming in East Mountains

November 16th, 2012 at 4:17 pm by under Latest Posts

The U.S. Forest Service Sandia Ranger District is planning to resume its program for reducing wildfire fuels with two prescribed burns in December.

The Casa Loma burn covers about 14 acres on the east side of the Sandias north of Interstate 40 near Cedar Crest.

The Talking Talons burn takes in roughly 80 acres south of I-40 and northeast of Tijeras.

Dates for the burns have not been set other than some time after Dec. 1 as weather conditions allow.

“All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather (including winds, ventilation) and approval from the New Mexico Smoke Management,” a statement released by the ranger district on Friday sayd.  “They are based upon specific assessments, agency guidelines and safety protocols.

“During this burn, managers will continuously monitor weather conditions, including wind, temperature, and relative humidity. Fuel conditions including fuel moisture and the quantity of fuels are also measured. Smoke will be visible and expected to have variable affects to neighboring communities.”

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Online from KRQE News 13: Fire coverage, official updates and preparedness resources in the KRQE.com Wildfires section.

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