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David Canyon RX - Sandia RD

Unit Information

Cibola National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2113 Osuna Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

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Sandia Ranger District David Canyon Prescribed Fire Map Oct 2021Image options: [ Full Size ]

The primary objective of this burn is hazard fuel reduction.  Fuel loadings are light to moderate and ladder fuels are minimal due to thinning operations that have taken place or will take place prior to burning.  Objectives will be easily achieved using a standard strip head ignition pattern, and a locally typical burn organization with two levels of supervision consisting of a Type 2 Burn Boss supervising a Firing Boss and a Holding Boss.   Potential safety hazards are typical and easily mitigated and addressed in briefings.  Light to moderate overnight smoke impacts to local residences are expected, with short periods of moderate to heavy impacts during ignition.  These impacts will be mitigated by burning on days with good or better ventilation when possible, by monitoring smoke impacts and varying the amount and pattern of ignition as necessary.   Private residences are adjacent to the burn units, but are located in areas of mixed fuels comprised of ponderosa pine with grass understory and pinion juniper with very sparse ground fuels, and are moderately accessible for defense or monitoring. Because of the fuel type and gentle topography around these residences, any spot fires that do occur will be rapidly suppressed using direct attack with holding resources.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginWednesday October 20th, 2021 approx. 10:00 AM
LocationDavid Canyon is located west of Hwy 337 and West of the Mars Court trailhead in the Manzanita Mountains on the Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, New Mexico.
Incident CommanderBrad Tausan, Sandia RD FMO
Incident DescriptionPrescribed Burn
Coordinates34.992 latitude, -106.358 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel34
Size459 Acres
Fuels Involved

The fuels inside the project area are a mix of mastication and activity slash in the Ponderosa Pine. The adjacent fuels are a mix of untreated Ponderosa Pine and Pinion/Juniper. There are several large pockets of oak brush within the project area from previous high intensity fires.


Projected Incident Activity

19/22/21: No further ignitions. Today, crews will hold and secure perimeter. Residual smoke may still be visible from interior pockets within the burn perimeter.