Controlled Burns

David Canyon Prescribed Fire

The David Canyon Prescribed Fire has been postponed until conditions are more favorable for an effective and safe burn, perhaps in the Fall of 2017.


The David Canyon Prescribed Fire could be implemented between April 10th through April 19th dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts.


TIJERAS, NM – March 5th – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Fire managers on the Cibola National Forest are planning to conduct the David Canyon prescribed fire on the Sandia Ranger District. Prescribed fires are planned ignitions conducted under specific conditions to restore fire dependent ecosystems. These prescribed fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients, and increasing habitat diversity. They are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. The following will be conducted as conditions allow:

• David Canyon Prescribed Fire – up to 230 acre will be treated; to promote forest health and provide wildfire protection to nearby communities. This will be a broadcast burn primarily in Ponderosa Pine, Oak brush, and Pinion-Juniper. The prescribed fire will be conducted in previously treated (mastication, mechanically harvested, and manually thinned) area of the David Canyon Forest Restoration Project Area. This site is located approximately 6 miles south of Tijeras, NM.

• 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

• Prescribed fire project facts:
o Ownership: Cibola National Forest, Sandia Ranger District
o Legal Location: Township 9 North, Range 5 East, Sections 24,25,36 and Township 8 North, Range 6 East Section 6
o Duration: 3 days once ignition has commenced
o Unit 11, (see Map of Project Area
o Approximately 20-30 personnel from the US Forest Service and partnering agencies will be onsite to conduct the prescribed fire operation.
o Ignition operations will commence at approximately 0900 each morning and will cease no later than 1600 (4 PM) daily.
o Smoke conditions will be continuously monitored by NMDOT and State Patrol for impact to Hwy 337.
o Recreation trails will be closed during the prescribed fire. Restricted areas include NFS trails Turkey Trot #162, Wild Turkey #161, Cajun Turkey #048, and portions of NFS Road 530, 335 and 106.

** SMOKE AND SMOLDERING VEGETATION WILL CONTINUE FOR SOME TIME AFTER PLANNED IGNITION IS CEASED. CREWS WILL CONTINUOUSLY MONITOR FOR ANY THREAT TO ESTABLISHED CONTROL LINES **

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