Fire and Hazard Details

April 22, 2017:

There are no known active fires or related hazards within the region at this time.


Fire Restrictions Wildfire Information Controlled Burns
Fire Restrictions Hotline 1-877-864-6985
Current fire restrictions can be found on the Cibola National Forest website, and the National Fire Restrictions website.


RED FLAG WARNING: A short term, temporary warning indicating the presence of dangerous combinations of temperature, wind, relative humidity, fuel or drought conditions which can contribute to new fires or rapid spread of existing fires. Can be issued at any fire danger level.

5 EXTREME: Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the the very high fire danger class. Every fire start has the potential to become large. Expect extreme, erratic behavior. NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN AREAS WITH EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR. Fire restrictions are generally in effect.

4 VERY HIGH: Fires start easily from all causes and immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high intensity characteristics such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds when they burn in heavier fuels. Both suppression and mop-up will require an extended and very thorough effort. Outdoor burning is not recommended. Fire restrictions may be in effect.

3 HIGH: All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unatteded brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.

2 MODERATE: Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Expect moderate flame length and rate of spread. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy. Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.

1 LOW: Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands although a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or punky wood. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. There is little danger of spotting. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

Fire Information

There are no active fires in the region at this time.

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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 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

• 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.