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.

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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


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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After 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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Las Conchas Fire

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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Frijoles Canyon above Upper Crossin

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

The 2000 Cerro Grande Fire 10+ Years Later

Learn how this prescribed fire that turned into a destructive wildfire forever changed how fire is managed. More

NPS Fire History Timeline

A Test of Adversity and Strength: Wildland Fire in the National Park System by Hal K. Rothman (Chapter 8: Outlet, Cerro Grande, and the Twenty-First Century

Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program Staff Ride to the Cerro Grande Fire


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


Last updated: February 24, 2015

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Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance RD

Los Alamos, NM 87544


(505) 672-3861 x517

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