Black Lake Controlled Burn

  • The Nature Conservancy's Fire Learning Network highlights the 2014 Black Lake TREX here.
  • Post-burn Public Field Meeting on 10/28 from 4-6pm. Meet at the junction of highways 434 and 120 at 4pm. Directions from Google Maps can be accessed here. Read an updated one-page project overview here.
  • Access a map of the controlled burn areas here.
  • Editorial: "Balance is key to fire safety"
  • Update 10/9: The site recieved .11" of precipitation in the past 24 hours with additional moisture forcasted through 10/11. The recieved and expected moisture will reduce fire spread potential.
  • Update 10/8: Black Lake burn deemed ‘better’ than last year
  • Update 10/8: Mop up of the burn area is complete and wildland fire engines continue to patrol the site as an extra safety precaution. Smoke will be visible from the interior as logs and stumps continue to smolder (this is desirable for increased consumption).
  • Update 10/6: "Black Lake State Land Office Prescribed Burn Wrapping-Up"
    Today, the project will mop-up, secure and hold within 2 chains or 132 feet from the perimeter to let fuels safely consume in the project interior. Today the Taos Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management has two engines on site with crews supporting mop-up and the Moreno Valley Fire Department is continuing support by making their water tender available to keep the engines supplied. New Mexico State Forestry Cimarron District will be on site later in the week to patrol the perimeter.
  • Update 10/5 pm: Today we burned some interior areas missed yesterday and some piles. The main focus was on ensuring the perimeter control lines are rock solid. There will continue to be smoke as logs in the interior smolder. The ecological effects of the fire look good.
  • Update 10/5: "Black Lake State Land Office Prescribed Burn Accomplished 255 Acres"
    Yesterday fire managers completed a 255 acre unit and met objectives for fuels reduction, forest restoration, and wildlife habitat improvement. This completes forest restoration goals for the northern section of the larger project area and ties into last years prescribed burn. Today, the project will secure and hold the perimeter and take advantage when conditions permit to continue to meet objectives.
  • Update 10/4: "Black Lake State Land Office Prescribed Burn Accomplished 100+ Acres"
    Yesterday fire managers focused on a 244 acre unit and met objectives for fuels reduction, forest restoration, and wildlife habitat improvement across approximately 100+ acres. Today, the project will secure and hold the perimeter and take advantage when conditions permit to continue to meet objectives.
  • Update 10/3 pm: Today's operations went well and fire fighters completed about 100 acres of the northern section. Firefighters have secured the perimeter of the burned area.
  • Update 10/3 am: The plan for Friday is to focus on burning about 245 acres in the northern section of the unit. This will tie in to last year's successful controlled burn. Smoke will be visible from Angel Fire, Taos, Eagle Nest, Mora, Raton and Cimarron during the burn.
  • Update 10/3: Press release "Black Lake State Land Office Prescribed Burn Getting Underway"
  • Update 10/2: The first day of training and site preparation went well. A small test fire produced some smoke in the afternoon.
  • Update 10/1: Controlled Burn Rescheduled for Thursday Oct 2 through Monday Oct 6

A New Opportunity for building capacity for prescribed fire towards an "All-Lands" approach to Landscape Restoration

The Forest Stewards Guild is collaborating with a broad array of partners on a Collaborative Forest Restoration Program project in the Upper Coyote Creek Watershed near Angel Fire New Mexico.  

This training exchange will be from October 2 through October 6 (weather permitting) and will help build the capacity needed to increase the use of prescribed fire in northern New Mexico by bringing together a diverse group of fire practitioners, who will work together to share knowledge of and build their experience in forested ecosystems of the Southwest. The burning conducted during the exchange will return fire to 900 acres of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest in the upper Coyote Creek watershed.

What is the CFRP? The CFRP is a New Mexico program to realize collaboration in science-based forest restoration at the landscape scale.

Project materials & maps     Public meetings     Training exchange     Learn & prepare     Press     Resources         


Project materials & maps:


Public meetings

The Forest Stewards Guild and partners convened a series of meetings to develop and finalize the grant proposal as well as to garner techincal and non-technical input to coordinate project roles, and develop a multiparty monitoring strategy. 

Pre-burn public meeting! Tuesday, September 9th, 6:00 - 7:00pm at the Angel Fire FD Station #2. Agenda 

September 9th, 2014 pre-burn meeting notes.

August 15th, 2013 pre-burn meeting notes.


Training exchange (TREX)

Apply to join the prescribed fire TREX!


Learn & Prepare

  1. Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, New Mexico
  2. Ready, Set, Go! A New Mexico Action Guide 
  3. Firewise Communities
  4. How Fire Can Restore a Forest: A Time-Lapse Video from the Nature Conservancy 
  5. Smoke Fact Sheet
  6. Black Lake Controlled Burn, Phase I FAQs

Do you have a suggestion, comment, or interest in collaborating? Contact the project coordinator at eytan@forestguild.org


Press

October 9, 2014 Editorial: Balance is key to fire safety

October 8, 2014 Black Lake burn deemed ‘better’ than last year

October 6, 2014 Black Lake State Land Office Prescribed Burn Wrapping-Up

October 5, 2014 Black Lake State Land Office Prescribed Burn Accomplished 255 Acres

October 4, 2014 Black Lake State Land Office Prescribed Burn Accomplished 100+ Acres

October 3, 2014 Multiple prescribed burns scheduled for October in northern NM

October 3,2014 Black Lake State Land Office Prescribed Burn Getting Underway

October 1, 2014 Prescribed Burn Rescheduled for Region North of Black Lake, New Mexico on State Land Office Managed Lands

October 1, 2014 After Cancellation, Black Lake prescribed will now begin Thursday

September 29, 2014 Prescribed Burn Postponed for Region North of Black Lake, New Mexico on State Land Office Managed Lands

September 26, 2014 Prescribed Burn Planned for Region North of Black Lake, New Mexico on State Land Office Managed Lands

September 2, 2014 Prescribed Burn Planned for North of Black Lake, New Mexico on State Land Office Managed Lands

October 15, 2013 Forest Stewards Guild and New Mexico State Land Office Protect Forests, Watersheds, and Communities with Controlled Fire, 

October 10, Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, Crews burn 105 of 900 acres in prescribed area near Angel Fire, with plans to return

October 3, Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, Prescribed burn near Angel Fire wraps up at 105 acres (video)

August 5, 2013, Press Release.
Read the release here.

July 22, 2013, Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, Editorial: Don't dismiss risks of prescribed burn By Editors.

July 18, 2013, Santa Fe New Mexican and the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, "900-acre burn planned close to community near Angel Fire." By Jesse Chaney.  


Resources

July 22, 2013, "Catching Fire " by Peter Friederici, Nature Conservancy. Highlights prescribed fire pratictioners, homeowners, and loggers in Northern Arizona. 

July 22, 2013, Interview with Associate Director for Fire Training and Capacity Building for the Nature Conservancy's Fire Learning Network, Jeremy Bailey.