BLM reschedules pile burn in Catron County

Due to a lack of suitable weather and fuels conditions, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Socorro Field Office rescheduled plans to burn piles of juniper and piñon cuttings in three locations in Catron County. Weather permitting, the burns will take place between now and Sept. 30, 2023.  

The BLM created the piles as part of thinning projects to reduce wildfire risk, improve ecosystem health, improve wildlife habitat, and help protect local communities from wildfire. The Wild Horse Slash Pit is a cooperative effort with the local community to provide a place for disposal of woody debris from private lands. Coordination and notification of the pile burns by district fire personnel includes the Wild Horse Ranch Owners Association, fire cooperators, adjacent landowners, range allotment permittees and others. 

Details on each location and size are as follows: 

  • Alamocita Pile Burn: 135 acres, located east of Pie Town and approximately 10 miles north of Highway 60. 
  • Tank Canyon Pile Burn: 215 acres, located approximately 25 miles north of Pie Town and about two miles east of the York Ranch Rd. in the vicinity of the Wild Horse subdivision. 
  • Wild Horse Slash Pit: located off the Wood Camp Rd. 

Active ignition will take one to five days, with some smoke visible in the burn areas for up to a week after ignition operations are completed. Firefighters will monitor the burns until there is no visible smoke. For added public safety, prescribed fire signs will be posted on Highway 60, Highway 12, and county roads near the burn locations. Motorists should be aware that smoke from the fires could reduce visibility for brief periods of time on Highways 60, 12, and York Ranch Rd. In addition, caution is advised when driving in the areas due to presence of fire personnel and equipment along roads.  

Prior to and during all prescribed fires, fire managers coordinate with the New Mexico Environment Department and follow all air quality regulations. People who may have health conditions that make them vulnerable to smoke exposure can get information about smoke and protecting your health at In addition to the NM Environment Department’s air quality is a resource for viewing sources of smoke and other factors affecting air quality 

Please contact the Socorro Field Office at 575-835-0412 with any questions about these projects. For more information about this and other prescribed burn operations, as well as wildland fire updates, please visit  

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