Here’s another update from the Carson National Forest and the local office of the Bureau of Land Management about prescribed burns planned or underway in the forests around Taos County and the area.
The Tio Gordito burn, located 4 miles south of Tres Piedras, got underway Monday (Oct. 22), with crews completing 100 acres. Fire management officials with the Carson’s Tres Piedras Ranger District expects crews could need five to 10 days to finish the hand ignition — that is, light the fire — across the 387 acres. The fire is west of US 285 and the project boundaries include Forest Roads 22, 578 and 578G. Smoke will likely be visible around the Taos Valley and southern Colorado. The burn is being conducted with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Meanwhile, the BLM is opening a monthlong window to conduct several prescribed fires the same day as the Forest Service, all three in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. Two fires will be on the west side of the Río Grande: one at Cerro Montoso and the other at Cerro del Aire, 12 and 4 miles northwest of Tres Piedras, respectively. A third fire will be done in the Guadalupe Mountains, approximately 1 mile south of Cerro. Burns are dependent on weather, most importantly, but other factors, too.
According to the BLM, people can follow the implementation of these projects on
NMFireInfo.com, on Twitter @ nmfireinfo or on Facebook. com/nmfireinfo.