New Mexico proposal would ban prescribed burns on red flag days
SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s been nearly a year since the eventual Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire erupted in northern New Mexico – the largest wildfire in the state’s history.
State lawmakers are moving along with a bill that is designed to make the forests safer.
If Senate Bill 21 is passed, no agency would be allowed to start a prescribed burn if a red flag wind warning is issued by the National Weather Service. As long as there is a favorable forecast, agencies are allowed to state prescribed burns or pile burns as they see fit.
A few words of the bill were amended in Tuesday’s committee meeting to make the bill more concise. The bill will now head to the House floor.