Centennial Prescribed Burn – Ignition Operations scheduled for Thursday, March 7th

The Centennial Prescribed Burn is scheduled for ignition operations on March 7th, if all conditions are favorable and within the parameters outlined in the Burn Plan.  The standard protocol is to conduct a Test Fire at the prescribed fire site to observe the fire behavior under current (day of burn) weather and fuel conditions.  If the test fire is successful, firefighters will proceed with hand ignitions.  Once prescribed fire operations are underway, www.nmfireinfo.com will be updated to provide information about the status of the burn, generally “continuing with ignitions” or postponing due to unfavorable fire behavior observed during the test fire. 

BLM Las Cruces District News Release:  Centennial Prescribed Burn planned in Otero County

LAS CRUCES, N.M.On March 7, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management, in conjunction with Holloman Air Force Base, is planning a prescribed burn in southern New Mexico.  Personnel will concentrate their efforts on burning the Centennial Bombing Range, located on McGregor Range.  Centennial is approximately 20 miles northeast of Oro Grande, in Otero County.  An anticipated 500 acres of grassland will be targeted for hand-ignition.  Smoke from the fire may be visible from Highway 54.

Weather permitting, the prescribed burning will be conducted throughout the week.  Depending on weather conditions, smoke may be visible during and possibly days after the prescribed burn is conducted.

In total, 15 to 20 BLM firefighters and personnel will monitor the fire.  The prescribed burn is being conducted to reduce the risk of wildfire spreading to public lands from the bombing range.

Prescribed burning is one of the most effective tools to control vegetation in areas where wildfires are no longer appropriate.  By reducing the volume of vegetation under the specific prescribed conditions, land managers mimic the natural fire cycle, which greatly reduces the dangers and risks associated with unplanned wildfires.

For additional information about the prescribed burn, please contact BLM Las Cruces District Fuels Specialist Ricky Cox at 575-525-4467 or BLM Las Cruces District Fire Management Officer Mark Bernal at 575-525-4305.

-BLM-

To view the Official BLM News Release, click on the link below:

BLM News Release – Centennial Prescribed Burn Planned in Otero County

PIO:   Loretta Benavidez, 575-525-4463, lb.nmpio2@gmail.com

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