October has been a busy few weeks for agencies taking action to restore healthy forests and reduce the potential for disastrous wildfires in the future.
A 500-plus acre prescribed burn in David Canyon, on U.S. Forest Service administered land, was scheduled to begin Nov. 1. The window of opportunity provided four days to burn three ‘blocks’ of 109, 179 and 230 acres. Yesterday it was announced that today’s burn was being called off. Now, apparently, the entire burn schedule for this week has been canceled.
This was to be the third prescribed burn in the East Mountains in recent weeks. Two of the three blocks authorized at Sulphur Springs in the Sandias were done a couple weeks back. Last week, the burn prescribed for the Thunderbird Ecosystem Management Area in the Manzanos began, with plans to continue as conditions permit.
In addition, this past weekend, another block in the David Canyon project area had heavy equipment clearing or thinning. There is lots going on right now. Land management agencies understand the importance of getting stuff done before winter sets in.
November 12-20 will apparently be the last Green Waste Week scheduled for Bernalillo County at the East Mountain Transfer Station in Tijeras. This opportunity to bring green waste to the transfer station without charge is even more valuable, since the fee for bringing yard waste at all other times recently increased to $5 per cubic yard. Wouldn’t it be fire-smart to have every week be Green Waste Week?
The request to the State Environment Department’s Surface Water Quality Bureau for information about status of water well and pooled runoff tests in the Dog Head affected area was sent 17 days ago. So, it is 17 days, counting and waiting. Wouldn’t it be silly to have to submit a formal freedom of information request for what is surely time-sensitive public information?
Ditto the request to Torrance County about identification and inspection of a possible hazardous materials storage location. Seventeen days and counting.
Meanwhile, there are reports of a rash of break-ins at numerous places, residences and other properties, along the 337 corridor. Some at properties along side streets west of 337 in the couple miles north of Escobosa; some at fire-flood impacted properties south of Chilili. It’s no surprise that this complicates repair and rebuilding work, and has people on edge.
There have been snow flurries, but nothing that sticks—yet. I wonder if there’s been any roadwork on Aceves Road in the past week. And how progress is coming on other details, like electricity, and water, and phones.
Weather monitoring? Now, there are some interesting possibilities. Stay tuned. It takes a while to get a handle on this techie stuff.