Public comment period open for proposed prescribed burn program

New Mexico News

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The public is being asked to comment on a new program that will allow members of the public to perform prescribed burns to ease fire danger. The legislature approved the Prescribed Burning Act earlier this year which creates a training program for landowners and contractors to conduct prescribed burns safely and creates a model for issuing burning permits by counties and municipalities.

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Prescribed burns are an important tool in preventing catastrophic wildfires and keeping the ecosystem healthy if done safely. State forestry is overseeing the program. There is a formal hearing on the matter on December 14 at 9 a.m. Forest officials say written comments can be submitted by mail to:

Wendy Mason
EMNRD, Forestry Division
1220 South Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Comments can be emailed to For more information, visit

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