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Smoke from prescribed burn visible across northern NM, Albuquerque

Updated: 09/02/2014 8:47 PM | Created: 09/02/2014 9:54 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. -- Firefighters on Tuesday plan to purposely light areas near the Pino Fire burning on the Santa Fe National Forest's Jemez Ranger District.

The lightning-caused fire is about 152 acres in size.

Large columns of smoke will likely be seen from Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and even Albuquerque. Travel along Interstate 25 may also be impacted. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution when smoke limits visibility along their travel route.

There is a power line in the burn area. If your power is interrupted, call 877-753-0095.

The reverse 911 system will also be used for residents in those areas. The public is asked not to call 911 if they see smoke in this area.

A community meeting to discuss management of the Pino Fire has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Walatowa Visitor Center.

The New Mexico Health and Enviornment Departments say smoke will affect areas near the fire, including Los Alamos and the Espanola Valley, through the evening and overnight. Smoke is expected to flow down from the fire overnight, with potential impacts expected in Ponderosa, Jemez Pueblo and potentially Bernalillo.

NMDOH says it expects smoke to clear from all areas by the middle of the day Wednesday.

Current air quality information can be found at http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/PinoFireInformation.htm.

Photo: Thomas Schaefer

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