BLM Taos Field Office plans prescribed burn near Tres Piedras

TAOS, N.M, – Beginning Oct. 20, the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a 1,750-acre prescribed burn in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument on Cerro Montoso, located 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, N.M.   

This operation is weather dependent and will take approximately 30 days to complete, with the end date expected to be Nov. 30. Smoke from the burn may be visible to surrounding communities, including U.S. Highways 285 and 64. People who are either susceptible to or affected by COVID-19 may have health conditions that also make them vulnerable to wildfire smoke exposure. For more information about smoke and COVID-19, please visit  

Hunters are reminded to use caution by reducing speed and watching for fire personnel and equipment. Hunters should stay out of the burn area until ignition operations are complete. The public should refrain from camping within the burn unit during this time. A map is attached to show the location of the burn unit. 

The purpose of the project is to improve forest health in piñon/juniper, sagebrush and grasslands by reducing flammable accumulations of vegetation and reintroducing fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem.     

For further information or concerns, please contact BLM Taos Field Office Fire Management Officer Kyle Sahd at (575) 770-1617. You can also follow the implementation of this project on, on Twitter @nmfireinfo, or on 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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