Bandelier National Monument Plans Winter Prescribed Burn
Los Alamos, NM – The National Park Service plans to implement a prescribed fire in Bandelier National Monument starting as early as Thursday, February 10, 2022, continuing through until completion if conditions are favorable. The prescribed burn will occur in previously thinned areas where materials have been piled for burning. The pile burn operation is expected to take one day depending on weather and fuel conditions.
The purpose of this burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and the chance for future high-intensity wildfires. The 289 Pile Unit is about five acres along US Forest Service (USFS) Road 289 within Bandelier near the boundary with the Santa Fe National Forest.
Smoke may be visible from Los Alamos, White Rock, Cochiti Mesa and Highway 4. Signs will be posted along both Highway 4 and USFS Road 289 during the burn.