Fire managers have started the third and final day of prescribed burning on the Chaparral prescribed burn. Today, fire managers will complete the remaining 365 acres with hand and aerial ignitions by 2 p.m. this afternoon. A smaller area will be treated today, therefore less smoke will be produced.
Smoke from the burn will be visible from La Cueva, Sierra Los Pinos, Jemez Pueblo, San Ysidro, Zia Pueblo, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Albuquerque, and areas off HWY 4, HWY 550 and I-25. Smoke from today’s burning activities will drift southwest and west of the burn area toward San Felipe, Santa Domingo and Cochiti and then over Santa Fe and Espanola. An inversion is expected tonight. Smoke will once again settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas, but will lift by mid-morning.
For more information on how to minimize health impacts from smoke, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-888-878-8992 or visit: http://nmhealth.org/eheb/airQ.shtml.