New Mexico's Smoke Management Program

Wildfire Tracking Form Instructions

For Wildfire under suppression, this information is due to the Air Quality Bureau (AQB) within six weeks after firefighting activity has been completed, or by November 1st, whichever comes first. All information on the form is required unless otherwise indicated. This form may be submitted on-line at, by mail to 2044 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, fax to (505) 827-1543, or e-mail to

Explanation: This information will be used to obtain an accurate amount of emissions actually produced, and allow the AQB to set the Annual Emission Goal.

Following are line-by-line instructions for filling out the Tracking Form.

Fire Name. Enter the name of the fire.

Explanation: This is to help the AQB identify separate projects by the same burner.

Dates of Fire. Enter the starting and ending date of the fire. If the fire is still burning by Nov. 1st, then enter Nov. 1st as the ending date.

Explanation: This allows the AQB to characterize burn types and sizes across the state.

Project ID. This will be given to you once the form has been submitted. If you are submitting this form on the web, write down the project ID number immediately. You will need this number for your records.

Explanation: This is to help the AQB identify separate wildfires.

Contact Information. Enter information for the primary contact for this burn; i.e., landowner, burn manager or burn boss. Give agency/company, name, address, and phone, and fax and e-mail if available.

Explanation: This enables the AQB to contact the appropriate person if necessary.

Fire Location Information. Check the appropriate land ownership box(es). Provide the name of the County in which the wildfire started. Provide the average elevation of the wildfire. Provide at least one locator: latitude/longitude (use the Help button on the on-line form for entering different variations of latitude and longitude), Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM), or Township, Range and Section (TRS). This information can be determined using USGS topographic maps. If unable to find this information, contact the AQB for help.

Explanation: This information allows the AQB to plot all burns on a map, assisting with the analysis of burning across the state or in a given airshed.

Acres. Enter blackened acres for each vegetation type burned. Be as accurate as possible and only enter blackened acres, not total fire acres.

Explanation: This will provide a more accurate estimate of the actual emissions produced.

Loading. Enter the tons per acre for each vegetation type burned. Use a single number, not a range. See SMP Appendix K for help determining fuel loading.

Explanation: This will provide a more accurate estimate of the actual emissions produced.

Percent Consumption.  For each vegetation type burned enter best estimate of the percent actually consumed.  For example on 500 total acres, which consisted of 200 acres of grass and 300 acres of Ponderosa Pine, 200 acres of the grass was completely consumed (100%), so enter 100. Approximately 350 acres of the pine was consumed (70%), so enter 70.

Explanation: This gives a more accurate estimate of the actual emissions produced.

Comments.  Enter any information that might clarify or explain other entries.

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For corrections to this web page, please contact Erik Aaboe of the Air Quality Bureau. This page was last edited on 06/14/2005