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Prescribed burns are being used in a national forest in northern New Mexico to try to reduce the risk of damaging wildfires.
The Santa Fe National Forest’s Coyote Ranger District burned 100 acres northeast of Gallina on Wednesday to remove undergrowth and dead timber that could fuel larger fires in the future. The federal agency has a goal of burning about 200 acres in the area.
Smoke may be seen from the communities of Gallina, Coyote, Abiquiu as well as the Christ in the Desert Monastery.
The Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District has burned 57 acres in the Borrego Mesa area east of Cordova, and hopes to continue to reach 110 acres. Smoke may be seen in Santa Fe and other communities such as Tesuque.
Smoke from these prescribed burns were visible in Los Alamos Thursday
Next week, the following prescribed burns are scheduled:
Chaparral Wildland Urban Interface
Start date: Oct. 29 through November as weather permits
Location: Cuba Ranger District, south of Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp
Total acreage: 190 acres
Possible smoke impacts: Smoke may impact Jemez, Gilman, San Ysidro, and might be visible from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Cuba.
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