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Baney Unit 3C RX Fire - Magdalena RD

Unit Information

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

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Magdalena Ranger District, Baney Unit 3C Prescribed BurnImage options: [ Full Size ]

 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. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginFriday February 25th, 2022 approx. 09:00 AM
LocationNM San Mateo Mountains New Mexico
Incident CommanderTodd Pinkowski Magdalena Ranger District AFMO
Incident DescriptionBaney Prescribed Burn Planned
Coordinates33.786 latitude, -107.612 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel25
Size215 Acres
Fuels Involved

Pinyon-juniper, Ponderosa Pine, Mixed Conifer and Semi-Desert Grass

Significant Events

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.


Planned Actions

Implementation start for 2/25/22