It’s lit

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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