Prescribed Burns Planned Near Carlsbad

Carlsbad, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to conduct prescribed burns at two locations in the Carlsbad District beginning Feb 22 and continuing through the first 2 weeks of March, weather permitting. These prescribed burn projects are part of a restoration effort to improve rangeland health and reduce hazardous fuels throughout the region. The two areas are planned in the following:

Ben Slaughter Draw, located 25 miles south of Carlsbad, just south of Dillahunty Road (CR 424) and Gypsum Road (CR 425). Smoke may be visible from Carlsbad, U.S. Highway 62/180, U.S. Highway 285, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Black River Village, Whites City, Malaga, and surrounding areas. Approximately 3,500 acres will be treated.

Black River, located 15 South of Carlsbad. From Washington Ranch along the river east until John D Forehand Rd. Smoke from the burn may be visible from Carlsbad, White City, Black River Village; approximately 2950 acres will be treated.

The prescribed fire requirements include having the appropriate weather conditions and the required personnel and equipment on site. Measures will be taken to reduce the amount of smoke created by the prescribed fire, and operations will be suspended early enough in the day to allow much of the smoke to dissipate before nightfall. Signs to alert the public of the burn operations will be posted and public access into the project area is discouraged.

For more information on the BLM prescribed fire program, call Pecos District Fire Management Specialist Matias Telles at (575) 644-4431.

For more information on specific locations if you see smoke call Alamorgodo Dispatch @ 575-437-2286 or the Carlsbad BLM office @ 575-234-5972.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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