Use of Fire

Prescribed burn operation on the refuge/USFWS

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge conducts recurring prescribed burns to enhance land conditions for native animals and plants. 


Though smoke from burns is visible from surrounding communities, fire management staff at Sevilleta monitor weather and fuel conditions to ensure that burns achieve the best results with minimum smoke impact on local residents.  Combined with mechanical brush reduction, burning benefits the area by opening habitat lost to invasive vegetation and removing potentially hazardous wildfire fuels.  The refuge management plans include continuing prescribed burns on established fire units on a rotational basis while adding additional areas that will benefit from fire introduction.