US Forest Service conducts prescribed burnings at Sulphur Canyon
December 04, 2018 07:06 PM
TIJERAS, N.M. —The U.S. Forest Service will conduct prescribed burnings at Sulphur Canyon as long as there is precipitation during the winter months.
The plan is to burn 1,600 acres of land and about 90 acres of tree debris piles using drip torches to control the burn.
Chris Kirby, the Sandia Ranger District Fire Management officer, said the prescribed burns are a necessity the help prevent catastrophic wildfires.
He said the most important thing for people to keep in mind is that there is still a risk of wildfires during low temperatures.
“Even in the thick of the winter months, we don’t have any moisture or any snow on the ground and because of that there’s still opportunities for fires to spread,” said Kirby.
Kirby said since it’s technically not fire season, it will be a bigger challenge to control one during the winter since the District doesn’t have the same number of resources to respond to a fire.
He said precautions taken during fire season should also be taken when it’s cold.
Updated: December 04, 2018 07:06 PM
Created: December 04, 2018 06:00 PM
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