Conditions are very favorable today for fire managers to ignite areas around the Pino Fire to achieve desired resource objectives. The Pino Fire was started by lightning within the planned Paliza prescribed fire area. Hand and aerial ignitions will be used today to direct the Pino Fire to existing fire lines that were created for the Paliza burn. The Pino Fire is located on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, south of Highway 4, and six miles east of Jemez Springs. It is now 164 acres in size.
A very large smoke column will be visible today from Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo, Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Espanola, and surrounding communities. Travel along Interstate 25, U.S, 550, and NM 4 may also be impacted. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution when smoke limits visibility along their travel route. Smoke impacts may occur tonight, particularly in low-lying areas.
A community meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today. at the Walatowa Visitor Center, to discuss progress of the Pino Fire and to answer questions about the fire operations. The public is invited to attend.