Forest fire crews conducting prescribed burn in Pacheco Canyon
Santa Fe National Forest workers began a prescribed burn in Pacheco Canyon on Sunday.
Officials had planned to begin ignitions earlier but delayed the burn due to weather conditions.
The 500-acre area of the burn is adjacent to Forest Road 102, about 6 miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and 3 miles west of Ski Santa Fe.
Smoke was expected to be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambé, Los Alamos and Pojoaque, as well as parts of the Interstate 25 and U.S. 84/285 corridors. Smoke could settle into low-lying areas at night, possibly affecting Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
Smoke-sensitive people and those with heart or respiratory problems are urged to take precautionary measures, such as remaining indoors and keeping doors and windows closed.
Forest officials advised people with health problems to call 505-827-0006 or visit nmtracking.org/fire for additional information on how to avoid smoke effects.
For more information on prescribed burns in the area, visit nmfireinfo.com. Santa Fe National Forest officials also plans a burn in the Tent Rocks area, about 3½ miles north of Jemez Springs, between May 11 and June 1.