Crews continue to control Pino Fire near Jemez

SANTA FE (KRQE) - There is a lot of smoke coming out of the Jemez Mountains, but officials say it’s all part of the plan. Firefighters are managing the Pino Fire burning just outside of Jemez Springs.

The lightning caused Pino Fire started August 13th and has slowly burned 152 acres.

Firefighters said they are planning to let the burn in a controlled manner. Crews are anticipating a very active day both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Officials say the fire is being managed for resource benefits including fuel reduction, nutrient recycling, forest insect and disease regulation and watershed protection for Ponderosa and other communities.

Residents may see smoke Tuesday from Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo, Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and surrounding areas, as the fire is expected to get very active Tuesday.

Traffic along I-25 in that area may be impacted. Officials say, reminding drivers to use caution if smoke limits visibility, especially in low-lying areas and at night.

No structures or homes are being threatened.

A community meeting has also been planned to discuss management of the Pino Fire, which has burned 164 acres on the Santa Fe National Forest’s James Ranger District. The community meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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