BLM Plans Prescribed Burning in Socorro and Catron Counties

Socorro – The Bureau of Land Management Socorro Field Office will burn up to 20 acres in Catron County between February 15 and April 1, 2016, weather permitting.  The burn includes slash piles one mile west of the Pietown, immediately north of Highway 60.

The objective of this burn project is to remove piles of slash (limbs and branches) created as part of an old thinning project, reduce wildfire risk, improve ecosystem health, and enhance wildlife habitat.

Active ignition will take a single day, with some smoke visible in the burn areas for up to a week after ignition operations are completed.  Firefighters will monitor the burn until there is no visible smoke.  Smoke from this burn may be visible from Highway 60, and could create brief periods of reduced visibility for motorists.  In addition, firefighters will be working adjacent to Highway 60, so motorists are advised to use caution when driving through the area during the burn.

For more information about the burn, please contact BLM Socorro Field Office Fuels Module Leader Lino Baca at (575) 838-3024

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