Taos, New Mexico – June 4, 2021 – Fire managers in the Carson National Forest are hosting an outdoor community meeting on Sunday, June 6 at 3 p.m. at the fire hall in Vallecitos, New Mexico. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Carson National Forest’s strategy to manage the Poso fire and address community concerns. The Carson asks community members attending the meeting to practice social distancing and wear a mask if they are not vaccinated.
The Poso fire, the result of a lightning strike, was detected on May 29 in the El Rito Ranger district of the Carson National Forest, about 10 miles north of the community of El Rito, au New Mexico. Currently, the fire is a low intensity surface fire, burning primarily in dead and dead combustibles. Carson National Forest Fire Managers are taking advantage of ideal conditions to manage the fire to achieve multiple resource goals. This management strategy is designed to help remove hazardous fuels, return fire to the ecosystem, reduce the likelihood of high severity forest fires in the future, and reduce exposure for firefighters.
The decision not to put out the fire was made after discussions between Carson National Forest management, fire managers, resource specialists and the Southwestern Regional Office of the Forest Service. Respect for human safety and risk management guide all fire management decisions and actions. The Carson National Forest does not “let the fire burn”, but rather fire officials take specific action when the fire reaches trigger points in a predetermined area that has been demarcated for this incident. Management strategies can be reviewed and adjusted as conditions and fire behavior change. The Poso fire does not present any immediate danger to any property or infrastructure.
Last name: Poso
Date of detection: May 29, 2021
Site: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, 10 miles north of El Rito, adjacent to FR123
Cut: 8 acres
Growth potential: Low to moderate
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
Resources: 1 type 4 incident command team, 1 type 2 AI team, 1 grader, 2 type 6 engines, local firefighters.
On the way: 1 type 2 bulldozer, 1 type 1 masticator and 1 forest fire fighting module.
Smoke: Smoke management is a key part of planning and implementing managed wildfires. Due to the location and elevation of the fires, smoke may be visible from surrounding communities including Vallecitos, Cañon Plaza, Petaca, Las Tablas, Servilleta Plaza, El Rito, Ojo Caliente, Tres Piedras, and La Madera , New Mexico. People sensitive to smoke and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For more information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. For more information on the HEPA Filter Loan Program, visit https://facnm.org/smoke/ or contact the El Rito Ranger District at 575-581-4554.