BLM Taos Field Office plans prescribed burns near Tres Piedras and Cerro
TAOS, N.M. – Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing for up to 30 days, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting prescribed burns in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument on the Guadalupe Mountains, located 1 mile south of Cerro, N.M. Smoke may be visible from highways NM 522, U.S. 285 and U.S. 64.
On Feb. 1, BLM will hold a community meeting about the Guadalupe Mountain Prescribed Fire project at the Wild Rivers Recreation Visitor Center located at 1120 Cerro Road in Cerro, N.M. from 1-3 p.m. The goal of the public meeting is to share information about the project, as well as discuss how the project could affect the community. The BLM will be available to answer questions from the public.
This project employs management-ignited prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuel loadings that could contribute to high intensity crown fire under the right conditions. Historic uses and active fire suppression have interrupted the natural fire regime in this fire-dependent ecosystem. This has resulted in hazardous fuel accumulations and increased stand densities, which contribute to the decline of wildlife habitat and the potential of catastrophic wildfire.
For further information, contact acting Fire Management Officer Kyle Sahd at 575-751-4767. You can also follow implementation of this project on NMFireInfo.com, on Twitter @nmfireinfo or on Facebook.com/nmfireinfo.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.