| Forest Stewards Guild, NM State Land Office and The Ember Alliance to Conduct Prescribed Burns in Black Lake AreaNM Fire Info

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 21, 2021

Contact(s): Eytan Krasilovsy, Guild of Forest Stewards

Black Lake, New Mexico. – The New Mexico State Land Office, Forest Stewards Guild, and Ember Alliance plan to burn up to 700 acres in late October and early November in the Black Lake area south of Angel Fire, New Mexico. Mexico. Fires may occur over more than one day during the weeks of October 25 through November 13, 2021. This burning is being done to reduce the risk of severe wildfire impacts and improve forest health. The prescribed burn area is located approximately 7 miles south of Angel Fire. Operations could begin as early as October 25, depending on weather conditions and fuels.

Burn operations will be managed by staff from the New Mexico State Lands Office, Forest Stewards Guild and other fire resources working closely with local departments and agencies. The burn units are part of the larger Little Coyote Creek Prescribed Burn Project, which has been underway since 2008. It aims to reduce ground fuels, lessen the impacts of unplanned wildfires on adjacent communities, restoring fire in ponderosa pine ecosystems and improving wildlife habitat.

Residents, visitors and hunters can expect to see smoke during burning operations. Daytime smoke is expected to move east and be heavier during daytime lighting operations. Overnight smoke is expected to descend the canyon into surrounding watersheds. The smoke can be seen from as far away as Taos or Raton. Prescribed fire smoke can harm your health. More information on smoke impacts is available at https://nmtracking.org/environ_exposure/fire-and/smoke/.

New Mexico’s forests are part of a fire-adapted ecosystem. In the past, they regularly experienced frequent, low-intensity fires. As part of the overall Little Coyote Creek project, the reintroduction of fire into this ecosystem is a key step. Managers use prescribed burning to replicate this fire regime under specific conditions. Ignitions will only occur when specific weather, fuel and smoke requirements are met. Current information will be posted on the Angel Fire Department Facebook page on the day the prescribed fires are scheduled.

For more information, please contact Eytan Krasilovsy at 505-470-0185.

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Gregory M. Roy