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SF Nat’l. Forest fire update

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By The Staff

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest treated three areas with prescribed fire Tuesday: Santa Fe Watershed prescribed burn, Thompson Ridge prescribed burn and the La Cueva Prescribed.  
Fire managers have stopped ignitions on all three prescribed burn areas for the day.  
The Santa Fe National Forest realizes that smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as children, pregnant women, senior citizens and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities or other heart or lung diseases.  
To reduce exposure to smoke, stay indoors as much as possible with windows, doors and vents closed. Avoid or limit physical activities outdoors.
Smoke is being monitored and the Forest Service will comply with New Mexico air quality regulations.
For more information on how to minimize health impacts from smoke, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-888-878-8992 or visit www.health.state.nm.us.
Santa Fe Watershed Burn, Española Ranger District - Ignitions stopped at around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Fire managers also completed 700 acres with hand and aerial ignitions Tuesday. Since Monday, 850 acres of the 1,100-acre area have been treated. Today fire managers plan to complete the burn with hand and aerial ignitions.
Winds from the west pushed the smoke to east towards Pecos and Las Vegas and to the south toward U.S. 285.  
Smoke will settle into drainage areas in the evenings; however, will lift by mid-mornings when the sun rises.  
Santa Fe residents, especially those living near low-lying areas near the burn (along the Santa Fe river), may wish to keep their windows closed at night.   
The burn is located three miles east of Santa Fe, approximately two miles south/southeast of Hyde State Park Road and Black Canyon Campground.
Thompson Ridge Prescribed Burn, Jemez Ranger District - Ignitions stopped at around 7 p.m. Monday.
Tuesday, fire managers completed 102 acres with hand ignitions. Since last week, 207 acres of the 520-acre area have been treated. If conditions are favorable, fire managers will proceed with the burn today.   
Winds from the north pushed the smoke south towards Bernalillo, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. Smoke will settle into drainage areas; however, will lift by mid-morning when the sun rises.  
Residents near La Cueva, Thompson Ridge and other surrounding communities may wish to keep their windows closed at night. Anyone driving through the burn area is encouraged to use caution because of smoke and fire traffic in the area.  Drive slowly and use lights. The burn is located 10 miles north of Jemez Springs, directly north of La Cueva, off of N.M. 4 and N.M. 126.
La Cueva Prescribed Burn, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District - Ignitions stopped at around 7:49 p.m.
Tuesday, fire managers completed 50 acres of the 164-acre burn with hand ignitions and if conditions are favorable, fire managers will proceed with the burn today.
Fire managers plan to burn 50-70 acres/day until the burn is complete.
Winds from the west pushed the smoke east towards the Village of Pecos and San Juan/San Jose areas. Smoke will settle into drainage areas at night; however, will lift by mid-morning when the sun rises.  
Residents near La Cueva, La Joya, Pecos and other surrounding communities may wish to keep their windows closed at night.   
Anyone driving through the burn area is encouraged to use caution because of smoke and fire traffic in the area. Drive slowly and use lights. The burn is located four miles west of the town of Pecos.