September 15, 2008

Prescribed Burn To Begin

By Journal Staff Report

Burning of piles of forest-thinning material in the Santa Fe Watershed is expected to start this week, if the weather remains dry, according to the National Forest Service.

The burning may take as long as 10 days to complete.

The prescribed burn project area is south of Hyde Park Road and Black Canyon campground.

Smoke from the burn will be "very visible" from Santa Fe, the Forest Service said.

"This is a good time of year for burning, not only because we've received a significant amount of moisture the past couple of months, but also because smoke dissipates well during this time of the year," Bill Armstrong, the Santa Fe National Forest's forest fuels manager, said in a news release.

The thinning project in the Santa Fe Watershed was designed to reduce dense, small-diameter tree stands on a 7,270-acres section of the forest. The trees were considered a wildfire threat to both the watershed and parts of Santa Fe.

Since 2002 when the project began, the thinning has been completed and about 1,800 acres of piles of cut trees have been burned. Piles remain on more than 3,000 acres.

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