Hondito fire candidate for resource benefit

Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are monitoring the lightning-caused Hondito Fire on the Tres Piedras Ranger District. Forest officials are consider use of the wildland fire to achieve multiple objectives on the landscape.

A community meeting is planned for 10 am Saturday (May 20) at the Tres Piedras Ranger Station located at 22280 US Highway 64, Tres Piedras 87577.

The fire was reported near Hondito Canyon 4 miles Southwest of Tres Piedras May 15. The 8 acre wildfire is located adjacent to the footprint of the previously announced Tio Gordito Prescribed Burn. Fire managers are monitoring the Hondito Fire, as it burns at low intensity, while they analyze its potential to benefit forest health in a fire-adapted ecosystem.

Resource benefits for the Hondito Fire include reducing ground fuels, improving forest, grass cover, and wildlife habitat, and providing community protection. If forest officials decide to move forward with the Hondito Fire, the first priority will be firefighter and public safety.

 

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at nmtracking.org/fire.

For Fire information, please call the Hondito Fire Public Information line at 575-758-6345.