The chief said prescribed fires go as planned in 99.84% 案例数, but in “rare circumstances, conditions change, and prescribed burns move outside the planned project area and become wildfires.”
A New Mexico prescribed fire becomes a wildfire
In New Mexico
, the Hermits Peak Fire began as a prescribed fire on April
6, but unexpected
, powerful winds
“caused multiple spot fires to spread outside of the project boundary
,” according to the interagency reporting website InciWeb.
The blaze eventually combined with the Calf Canyon Fire
, which started April
19 and its cause is under investigation.
, burning near Gallinas Canyon
, have torched more than
303,000 acres and were roughly
40% contained Friday
, 根据 InciWeb.
它是 largest fire in New Mexico history and has forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes since last month
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham praised the forest service’s decision.
“While we’re clear about the long-term importance of carefully studied and well-managed prescribed burns as tools to improve forest management, it is critical that federal agencies update and modernize these practices in response to a changing climate, as what used to be considered extreme conditions are now much more common,” 州长说. “The situation unfolding in New Mexico right now demonstrates without a doubt the grave consequences of neglecting to do so.”
The Forest Service carries out an average of 4,500 prescribed fire projects each year, its chief said, 加 “extensive planning occurs” before each one.
“Landscapes are analyzed for prescribed fire treatments and the effects on community well-being, vegetation, hydrology, threatened and endangered species and other values,” 摩尔说. “Extensive standard operating procedures to authorize prescribed fires include developing and coordinating a burn plan, site preparation, public notifications, weather and forecast monitoring and validation before a decision is made to go ahead.”