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The New Mexico Environment Department Smoke Management Program (SMP) ensures prescribed burns are carried out safely. Certain prescribed burns must be registered through the Department. More information is available on the Smoke Management Program Frequently Asked Questions document.

Register a Burn on the NMED Smoke Management System.

SMP Guidance Document.

Wildfire and Prescribed Fire Smoke resources page provides monitoring, health, and smoke forecast information and links.

Open Burning and Smoke Management page provides description of the regulations for burns of all sizes.

Burn Project Ventilation Category Chart (Excel) is used to document and calculate ventilation categories.

Ventilation Category Waivers

The Air Quality Bureau has issued the following statewide waiver for both pile and broadcast burning. The waiver include conditions that must be followed for those burns. See the following documents for additional information on this waiver.

Combined Smoke Management Program Statewide Ventilation Waiver for Broadcast and Pile Burns.

Guidelines for Ventilation Category Waivers.

Individual Waiver Checklist.

Tracking and monitoring forms are located on the forms page.

Waiver Reporting Form (Excel) is used to record and report smoke observations.

Contact the Smoke Management Program


Phone: (505) 476-4330

Toll-Free: (800) 224-7009, ext. 4330 (or ask for Smoke Management)

Fax: (505) 476-4375

Attention: Smoke Management Program

Air Quality Bureau

New Mexico Environment Department

525 Camino de los Marquez, Suite 1

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Air Quality Bureau contacts

Find a list of Air Quality Bureau contacts below:

Air Quality Bureau contacts

Ph: 505-476-4300

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