Due to the late winter and early spring storms, the Mountain Ranger District is planning on doing a few prescribed burns in the Manzano Mountains.
Depending on conditions, fire crews will be evaluating parts of the Thunderbird area as well as
the Chato burn. The burns are located within the Thunderbird Ecosystem Management Project area on FR#275 and #422 while the Chato burn is located on FR#253.
The total acreage is approximately 1,400 acres. The burns will be broken into several small blocks and not all adjacent to each other.
The burns do not have a set date at this point but can be conducted in May or throughout the summer if weather permits.
The goals of the burns are to improve watershed and wildlife biodiversity and help protect private property in the event of a wildfire.
Temporary road signs warning about smoke and activity on the roads will be posted on State Highways 131 and 55 along with Forest Roads #422, #253 and #275. Smoke may be noticeable throughout any of the local mountain communities and it may be seen in the Estancia Valley and the west side of the Manzano Mountains. Smoke may also be seen as far north as State Highways 217 and 337 in the Tijeras area.