Bandelier Begins Pile Burning Today

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Superintendent Jason Lott of Bandelier National Monument announced that Bandelier began burning piles of mechanically thinned vegetation  today along N.M. 4 from Ponderosa Campground to the Apache Springs Trailhead. 

“Hundreds of piles on the west side of  N.M. 4 will be ignited this winter as conditions permit,” Lott said.

There are approximately 135 acres containing materials cut during thinning projects last fall that need to be burned

“Smoke should not be heavy, but depending on weather conditions, may be seen throughout the area from nearby Los Alamos and Jemez Mountains communities,” said Bandelier Fire Management Officer Gary Kemp. “Travelers on N.M. 4 are urged to use caution when driving near the work areas. They should watch for pockets of smoke and for Bandelier staff working near the road. Work will only occur Mondays through Thursdays and no traffic delays are expected.”