Hondito wildfire meeting planned June 3

TAOS, NM — Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are inviting the public to a community meeting 9 a.m. Saturday, June 3rd, at the Tres Piedras Ranger Station located at 22280 US Highway 64, Tres Piedras. The meeting will discuss the results from the Hondito wildfire and answer questions.

Resource objectives for the Hondito wildfire were met, reducing ground/ladder fuels, improving wildlife habitat, promoting grass cover, and improving forest structure. The wildfire was utilized to lower the risk of future high severity fires.

While objectives for the Hondito wildfire have been successfully met, it may take several years to see the full effects of the fire. The burned area will be assessed over the next few weeks, and the public will be allowed to enter the area as soon as it is determined to be safe.

The fire is expected to remain at 7,020 acres. The lack of growth is due to minimal fire behavior and predicted weather forecast. The number of people assigned to the wildfire have been reduced to minimize exposure. Hondito wildfire area will continue to be patrolled and monitored by fire personnel.

As remaining interior fuel continues to burn, lingering smoke may be visible.

For more information contact the Tres Piedras Ranger Station during normal business hours at 575-758-8678.