BLM to Implement Chain of Craters-Rendija Prescribed Fire in Cibola County

Beginning in February and continuing through spring, the Bureau of Land Management Rio Puerco Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed fire in Cibola County, weather permitting.  The burn, which will occur in the 4,000 acre Chain of Craters-Rendija prescribed fire project, will be conducted in several phases.

The project area is located within the El Malpais National Conservation Area, south of State Hwy 53 and west of County Road 42, approximately 35 miles southwest of Grants, N.M.  Specifically, the project is located within multiple sections of Township 7 North, Range 13 West.

During the days of the burn, prescribed fire signs will be posted along County Road 42, and the Continental Divide Trailhead.  Smoke may be visible from State Highways 53 and 117.

The goal of the burn is to reduce the density of ponderosa pine forest, the piñon and juniper woodland, and hazardous accumulations of vegetation, that under the right conditions, could contribute to high intensity crown fire.

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