Forest igniting 50 slash piles

February 12th, 2013 at 2:50 pm by under Wildfires

Earlier today the Santa Fe National Forest began burning 50 piles of slash as part of an ongoing project in the Jemez Mountains.

The prescribed fires in the Cuba Ranger District are northwest of Fenton Lake and Seven Springs and about 10 miles southeast of Cuba.

Smoke is expected to be visible from Rio Rancho and Albuquerque as well as Gilman, Cuba, Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs.

Smoke tends to settle in low-lying areas and drainages in the evening and lifts by midmorning as its heated by the sun.

The project began in January and is intended to reduce potential wildfire fuels and to improve forest habitat.

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