National parks seek input on fire management

The Daily Times

FARMINGTON – The National Park Service is asking for public comments about a fire management plan at 28 locations, including Aztec Ruins National Monument.

Aztec Ruins National Monument

While each location will have its own fire management plan, all 28 locations will have the same environmental assessment serving as an analysis of the potential impacts the fire management plan could have on the site.

Fort Union National Monument and Petroglyph National Monument, both of which also are located in New Mexico, are included in the environmental assessment, as well. All three national monuments currently have fire management policies, according to the scoping document. Those policies will be updated.

The proposed plans include mechanical management — removing weeds and restoring habitat — as well as prescribed burns.

Comments can be submitted starting Monday and must be submitted by March 1. They can be submitted online at Comments can also be mailed to Becky Brooks Attn: Nationwide Multi-Unit FMP/EA National Interagency Fire Center 3833 South Development Ave. Boise, ID 83705.