The Valles Caldera National Preserve announced it was implementing prescribed pile burning that started today and is scheduled to continue through Wednesday.
The prescribed pile burn will take place on 75 acres of the VCNP north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30.
The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and the chance for future catastrophic fire and for the restoration of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, according to a VCNP press release.
Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn may be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.
Smoke may have variable effects on neighboring communities including La Cueva, Sierra Los Piños, Jemez Springs and other areas near N.M. 4.
The burn activity, according to VCNP, is not expected to impact recreation sites or necessitate road closures.
VCNP officials said the pretreatment of the forest substantially reduced the amount of fuel in the project area and lessened the associated production of smoke.
However, smoke could be a nuisance to some people. It may be a health concern for children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.