Cibola National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2113 Osuna Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems and reducing the risk of high-severity wildfire. Fire managers use prescribed fire to improve forest health, remove hazardous fuels, increase firefighter safety, enhance wildlife habitat, and protect communities and watersheds.
The decision to proceed continues to depend on multiple factors, including resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecast weather. Prescribed burns are designed to meet specific objectives and are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
With fire there is smoke, but compared to wildfires, prescribed fires are shorter in duration and are conducted under weather conditions to minimize the impact of smoke on the public. Fire crews use tactics such as starting early in the day and ending ignitions early in the afternoon to allow for the most ventilation possible throughout the burn and dividing blocks into smaller units to minimize smoke impacts as much as possible. However, smoke may be visible periodically from local communities and the surrounding areas for the duration of the project until the burning vegetation is out. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website.
The Forest Service mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Friday February 25th, 2022 approx. 09:00 AM|
|Location||NM San Mateo Mountains New Mexico|
|Incident Commander||Todd Pinkowski Magdalena Ranger District AFMO|
|Incident Description||Baney Prescribed Burn Planned|
|Coordinates||33.786 latitude, -107.612 longitude|
Pinyon-juniper, Ponderosa Pine, Mixed Conifer and Semi-Desert Grass
75 Acres were completed in January. Continue with additional acres for 2/25/22 start
As of 2/28/22: Fire crews have completed 211 acres of prescribed burn on the Baney unit 3C in the northwestern part of the San Mateo Mountains approximately 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. Fire personnel are monitoring the burn area until it is completely out.
Implementation start for 2/25/22