San Juan Prescribed Burn in the Jemez Ranger District is being planned to begin Wednesday, Oct. 17, if conditions are favorable, fire managers will ignite the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn, located 3-5 miles northeast of Jemez Springs.
Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day. Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wildland fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection, and restore forest health.
· The burn area is located 3-5 miles northeast of the Jemez Springs and 4-8 miles northwest of the community of Ponderosa.
· During the three to five day burning period, 7,300 acres of hazardous fuels will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day.
· Larger blocks will be treated over a five day period which will increase daily smoke volume, but will decrease the number of days smoke is in the air.
· Ignitions will not exceed more than five days. After ignitions are complete residual smoke will be visible for a few days.