The New Mexico State Land Office is coordinating with Eddy County Fire Service, Carlsbad Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Bureau of Land Management to implement the Red Bluff Draw Prescribed Fire on State Trust Land in southern Eddy County. Ignition operations are anticipated to last one day and occur on a Saturday between early March and mid-April, weather permitting.
The prescribed fire project is part of a restoration effort to enhance rangeland health, watershed conditions, and wildlife habitat. Additionally, the project will reduce fuels and the risk of unplanned wildland fire.
The Red Bluff Draw burn unit is approximately 500 acres located 25 miles southeast of Carlsbad, just east of Highway 285 and just south of Cooksey Ranch Road (CR 723). 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, Loving and surrounding areas.
Implementation of the prescribed fire is contingent upon appropriate weather conditions and availability of the required personnel and resources. Measures will be taken to manage the volume and duration of the smoke created and operations will be suspended early enough in the day to allow much of the smoke to dissipate before nightfall. Signs will be posted along U.S. Highway 285 to alert traffic to burn operations.
For more information, please contact Mark Meyers at (505) 827-4453.
The State Land Office is responsible for administering 9 million acres of surface and 13 million acres of subsurface estate for the beneficiaries of the State Land Trust, which includes schools, universities hospitals and other important public institutions.