Fire Management

"Fire belongs in the mountain southwest and unless the peaks flatten, the monsoon evaporates, the seasons homogenize, or the biota vanishes, those fires will continue." - Stephen Pyne

The Bandelier Fire Management program encompasses many disciplines, including fire suppression, prescribed burn, and ecological monitoring professionals. Working with our partners, we protect human life and structures, while managing wildfire for the good of our fire-dependent landscape.

For more information on the National Park Service Fire and Aviation Management Program, visit

Official Fire Information

Fire Information and Restrictions

NPS Wildfire and Prescribed Fire Incident Information -

NM Interagency Fire Information and Restrictions -

Bandelier National Monument - News Releases and Social Media Updates



After Las Conchas Fire

The Effects of Las Conchas Fire

On June 26, 2011 the Las Conchas Fire began just west of the park. It grew into the largest fire in New Mexico history and burned >60% of the park.

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Las Conchas Fire

Recovery from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire

Almost 2 years after the record-breaking fire we are documenting recovery in the burned areas.

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Frijoles Canyon above Upper Crossin

A Post Fire Hike In Frijoles Canyon

Frijoles Canyon after the 2011 fire/floods is much different than in the past. A photographic look shows the impacts/rebirth/continuing flood danger.

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2009 San Miguel Wildland Fire: A Cooperative Approach to Fire

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Novemeber 2007 Prescribed Burn in Upper Frijoles
The November 2007 Upper Frijoles (Unit 9) Prescribed Fire treated approximately 1,500 acres – the park’s first large scale burn since the Cerro Grande Fire. Read more about the November 2007 burn success...
Cerro Grande fire

The Cerro Grande fire approaches the town of Los Alamos.

photo by sally king


Fire Management Plan
Bandelier's Fire Management Plan describes the program's objectives, the area's fuel and prevention, rehabilitation and suppression techniques.


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