Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed Tuesday, April 16.
Up to 500 acres, including 50 acres of piles, will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Crews will begin hand ignitions around 10 a.m., followed by aerial ignitions between noon and 1 p.m. Operations should be completed within a day.
Smoke will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Glorieta, Pecos Canyon, El Dorado and the I-25 corridor. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and drainages overnight but should lift by midmorning. Lingering smoke may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete.