Carson National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
208 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, NM 87571
Fire managers on the Carson National Forest began to implement the Valle Vidal Hart Canyon prescribed burn Wednesday, November 17. The burn is located approximately 19 miles northwest of Cimarron and 16 miles northeast of Ute Park, New Mexico. The fuels treatments will be implemented in effort to restore and improve forest health and reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfires.
Fire managers completed 1600 acres on Wednesday. Ignitions began again on Thursday morning and will continue into the afternoon.
Smoke may be visible from the surrounding areas: Cimarron, Ute Park, Raton, Costilla and Amalia during and after ignitions are completed. The Carson National Forest manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. 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.