The Risks and Benefits of Prescription Burns in New Mexico

IN OUR STATE NOW STARTED WITH PRESCRIBED BURNS –. SALCIDO SHARES WHY THEY ARE NEEDED. I GROW UP LEARNING THAT FIRES ARE BAD FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE. FIRE HAS A ROLITE FORM THE FOREST IT SELECTS PLANTS RELEASES SEEDS OF RECYCLING NUTRIENT 18 CROSS FOR LOST KEY TO FOREST GUARDIANS. GUDIL SAYS PRESCRIPTIONAL BURNS. KEEPING OUR FOREST HEALTHY, YOU INTENTIONALLY RETURN FIRE FROM THE TANO ECOSYSTEM YOU DO SO IN A SPECIFIC PLACE AND TIME AND UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. BUT WHEN OUR DROUGHT REACHES CRITICAL LEVELS, THE STATE HAS THE ABILITY TO ESTABLISH BURNING BANS TO PREVENT THESE REGULATED FIRES. SO WHAT HAPPENS DURING A BURNING BAN WHEN WE HAVE NO PRESCRIBED BURNS AND LEAVES LIKE THESE BECOME FUEL AND IF A FOREST FIRE SPARKS IT CAN START MUCH FASTER . HIS ABSENCE DOES NOT CREATE ANY PROBLEM. THERE IS SO MANY GROWTH AND SO MANY STICKS ON THE GROUND AND WHEN IT BURNS IT IS REALLY NOT CHARACTERISTIC THAT FURTHER GROWTH WILL TURN INTO COMBUSTIBLE FIRE AND A FOREST FIRE WILL SPREAD MUCH FASTER AND WHEN IT IS ELIMINATED , OUR PROBLEMS ARE GREATER. THE YEARS GET WORSE. OUR LESS HEALTHY G WATERSHED. SO WE NEED TO PUT FIREAC BK IN EASY ECOSYSTEMS. ACROSSALOVSKI SAYS PRESCRIBED BURNS HELPS CONTAIN DEADLY WILDFIRES LIKE THE MIDDLE FIRE OF 2020 WHEN IT HIT A PRESCRIBED BURN. IT REALLY BECAME ME MANAGEABLE AND LEADED TO A BETTER WILDFIRES OUTCOME AS THESE FIELD TREATMENTS INTERACT WITH WILDFIRES ANGEL SALCEDO KOAT ACTION 7 NSEW REGIONAL FILE EXPERT SAYS THERE ARE RISKS TO BURNS SHOWN AT TIMES BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS. EST LEIK STRONG WINDS OR DRY GROUND

Fighting Fire with Fire: The Risks and Benefits of Prescribed Burning

New Mexico firefighters are battling 2 wildfires that started with prescribed burns. Find out why prescribed burns are so important to our forests.

Two of the three major wildfires currently burning in our state started with prescribed burns. As of April 9, the Hermits Peak Fire has burned 350 acres at zero percent containment, while the Chaves County Overflow Fire has burned 19 hundred acres and is 50 percent contained. Although bad weather conditions like high winds can turn a prescribed burn into a wildfire, Eytan Krasilovsky of the Forest Stewards Guild says they are necessary to keep our forest healthy. “Fire has a role. It shapes the forest, selects plants, releases seeds and recycles nutrients. You intentionally return fire to an ecosystem by doing so at a specific place, time and under certain conditions,” said said Krasilovsky. When drought reaches critical levels, our state can establish burn bans that prevent these prescribed burns. When a burning ban is put in place, the sticks and shrubs dumped by the overgrowth become fuel, and if a wildfire does occur, it can spread much faster. “His absence creates another problem. There’s so much growth, and so many sticks on the ground, that when it burns, it’s really unusual,” Krasilovsky said. This extra growth turns into fuel and wildfires spread much faster. Krasilovsky says, “When it’s removed, our fires get worse or the watersheds become less healthy. So we have to put the fire back into those ecosystems.” Krasilovsky says prescribed burns help contain deadly wildfires, like the Medio fire of 2020.” Krasilovsky said. Krasilovsky says there are risks to prescribed burns. Sometimes bad weather conditions like high winds or dry ground can turn a prescribed burn into a wildfire.

Two of the three major wildfires currently burning in our state started with prescribed burns. As of April 9, the Hermits Peak Fire had burned 350 acres at zero percent containment, while the Chaves County Overflow Fire had burned 19 hundred acres and was 50 percent contained.

Although bad weather conditions like high winds can turn a prescribed burn into a wildfire, Eytan Krasilovsky of the Forest Stewards Guild says they are necessary to keep our forest healthy.

“Fire has a role. It shapes the forest, selects plants, releases seeds and recycles nutrients. You intentionally return fire to an ecosystem by doing it at a specific place, time and under certain conditions,” Krasilovsky said.

When drought reaches critical levels, our state can establish burn bans that prevent these prescribed burns. When a burning ban is put in place, the sticks and shrubs dumped by the overgrowth become fuel, and if a wildfire does occur, it can spread much faster.

“His absence creates another problem. There’s so much growth, and so many sticks on the ground, that when it burns, it’s really unusual,” Krasilovsky said.

This extra growth turns into fuel and wildfires spread much faster.

Krasilovsky says, “When it’s removed, our fires get worse or the watersheds become less healthy. So we have to put the fire back into those ecosystems.”

Krasilovsky says prescribed burns help contain deadly wildfires, like the Medio fire from 2020.

“When it hit a prescribed burn, it became more manageable and led to a better wildfire outcome, and that’s because these prescribed burn treatments in the field interact with wildfires. “, said Krasilovsky.

Krasilovsky says prescribed burns carry risks. Sometimes bad weather conditions like high winds or dry ground can turn a prescribed burn into a wildfire.