The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be burning slash piles in two different locations near the Wild Horse Subdivision, which is located about 40 miles south of Grants, New Mexico, and 30 miles north of Pie Town. The Wild Horse Slash Pit and Tank Canyon South projects total approximately 240 acres. The burns will happen anytime during favorable weather conditions between mid-January through the end of February 2017.
The Wild Horse Community encourages residents to create defensible space around homes by thinning vegetation to reduce fire behavior, should a wildfire occur in the area. The Slash Pit, is located on BLM-managed public land adjacent to the Community, and will be burned to reduce the volume of thinned vegetation and to create space for new material to be added. The burn is expected to take 1-3 days to complete.
Tank Canyon South is a wildland urban interface thinning project and fuelwood area. Piles of vegetation from a previous the thinning project will be burned. The operation should take approximately 5-7 days to complete.
Smoke is expected to be visible in the immediate area surrounding the community. Piles will be monitored throughout the process and a daily timeframe cutoff will be established to limit the majority of smoke that would sit in the valley overnight.
For additional information contact, please contact BLM Burn Boss Jason Jones at 505-287-6601, Fire Management Officer Todd Richards at 505-761-8769, or Fuels Specialist Zach Saavedra at 505-761-8963.