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Take Action Now to Protect Your Home from Wildfire

It may seem premature to plan for the upcoming fire season while there is still snow in some areas, but fire managers from New Mexico State Forestry, the Bureau of Land Management, and Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are encouraging residents to take action now to help protect their homes in the event of […]

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2020-2021 Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program Application Period Open

New Mexico Counties has announced that applications for the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant are now being accepted.  This program is offered by New Mexico Counties and funded by Bureau of Land Management New Mexico.  This grant program assists communities in New Mexico that are near BLM lands and would be affected by wildfire.  Approximately $260,000 […]

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BLM plans prescribed burn in Socorro County in Feb.-March, 2020

Between Feb. 10 and March 20, the Bureau of Land Management’s Socorro Field Office, in cooperation with the New Mexico State Land Office, White Sands Missile Range and private landowners plan to burn up to 1,100 acres east of Socorro, NM.  Four separate units of sacaton grass and brush will be burned, weather permitting.  Two […]

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Updated: BLM Taos Field Office plans prescribed burns near Tres Piedras and Cerro in Feb. 2020

Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing for up to 30 days, the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting prescribed burns in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument on the Guadalupe Mountains, located 1 mile south of Cerro, N.M.  Smoke may be visible from highways NM 522, U.S. 285, and U.S. 64. On Feb. 1, BLM […]

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Prescribed burn planned for Sandoval County Spring 2020

Beginning Jan. 24 thru April 30, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Rio Puerco Field Office will conduct a prescribed burn at the Perea Nature Area on approximately 20 acres of salt cedar and Russian olive tree piles. The project is located along the Perea Nature Trail, which is within the Rio Salado Riparian area, […]

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Prescribed burns planned in Lincoln County in January 2020

Beginning this month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting prescribed burn operations about 10 miles northeast of Ruidoso and 6 miles southeast of Capitan in Lincoln County.  There are five burn units totalling 1,230 acres located within the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area. These operations are weather dependent and will […]

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BLM plans prescribed fire in Cibola County

Beginning Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, the Bureau of Land Management Rio Puerco Field Office, in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, plans to conduct the Mertz Ranch prescribed fire on approximately 1,000 acres within the El Malpais National Conservation Area (NCA).  Fire managers estimate it will take approximately 2-4 days to […]

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BLM to implement prescribed fire in McKinley and Sandoval counties

Beginning Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, the Bureau of Land Management Rio Puerco Field Office, in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, plans to conduct the Mesa Chivato prescribed fire on approximately 500 acres within the Ignacio and Chamisa Wilderness Study Areas.  Fire managers estimate it will take approximately 2-4 days to […]

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Smokey Bear LIVE from Capitan, NM! November 7

This Thursday, November 7, at 11 a.m. Mountain Time, join Smokey Bear for a live webcast from Capitan, NM, near where he was found as an injured cub and returned to be buried many years later! This is a free event! Register now at http://www.SmokeyBearLIVE.org.  You can submit questions and participate in this interactive program […]

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Wind Mountain Prescribed Fire Update: 10/18/19

The Bureau of Land Management, Taos Field Office, has completed an additional 100 acres of the Wind Mountain Prescribed Fire (Cerro del Aire), in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.  To date, approximately 400 acres have been completed out of 735 total project acres.  Ignitions have stopped temporarily due to stronger wind in the […]

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Ignitions at Wind Mountain underway 10/17/19

The Bureau of Land Management is continuing ignitions this week at the Wind Mountain prescribed fire in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument.  Approximately 300 acres have been completed out of 735 acres.  This project is located on the south side of Cerro del Aire (Wind Mountain), 4 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, N.M. […]

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Keep Fall Season Wildfire Safety in Mind, Oct. 7, 2019

As the fall season begins, land managers would like to remind the public to practice wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors. Federal and state wildfire cooperators in New Mexico urge caution for those participating in hunting and other outdoor activities to go prepared to avoid sparking a fire. Just one small spark or heat from […]

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BLM plans prescribed burns near Tres Piedras and Cerro

Beginning Oct. 8, 2019, and continuing for up to 30 days, the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting prescribed burns on approximately 1,735 acres in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument.  The burns are located on the east side of Cerro Montoso, 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, N.M., and on the south […]

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Prescribed burn planned in Lincoln County

Beginning in October, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting prescribed burn operations about 10 miles northeast of Ruidoso and 6 miles southeast of Capitan in Lincoln County.  The 1,130 acre project will take place within the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area. These operations are weather dependent and will take several […]

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Smokey’s 75th Year Preventing Wildfires

Check out this edition of Fire Management Today, a USFS publication, detailing the history of wildfire prevention, Smokey Bear’s inception and the living symbol, and current prevention efforts nationally.  New Mexico is the proud birthplace of the original living symbol of Smokey Bear and we are continuing to celebrate the 75th year this fall through […]

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BLM Taos Field Office plans prescribed burns near Tres Piedras and Cerro

Beginning Sept. 9, and continuing for approximately one month, the Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct prescribed burns in two locations: the Río Grande del Norte National Monument on the east side of Cerro Montoso, 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, New Mexico; and in the Guadalupe Mountains, one mile south of Cerro, New […]

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Simon Canyon Fire – 8/22/19

Start Date: August 21, 2019, ~5:00pm. Location and Jurisdiction: On BLM lands, north of Navajo Dam and west of Hwy 511. Cause: Lightning. Fire Size: Approximately 10 acres. Percent Contained: None reported yet. Fire Behavior: Isolated torching, creeping and low intensity fire. Fuels and Terrain: Burning in juniper and piñon tree slash in an area treated […]

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BLM plans prescribed fire in Cibola County

Beginning Aug. 21–Sept. 30, the Bureau of Land Management Rio Puerco Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed burn on approximately 1,800 acres within the El Malpais National Conservation Area (NCA), weather permitting.  Fire managers estimate it will take several periods of approximately two to four days to complete the project, although smoke may be […]

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BLM plans prescribed fire in Catron County

Beginning Aug. 21-Sept. 30, the Bureau of Land Management Socorro Field Office plans to burn piles of juniper and piñon cuttings in three locations in Catron County, weather permitting. Details on each location and size are as follows: Pietown Pile Burn – 20 acres, located one mile west of Pietown and immediately north of Highway […]

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BLM to conduct prescribed fire in McKinley and Sandoval counties

Beginning Aug. 12–Sept. 30, the Bureau of Land Management Rio Puerco Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed fire in McKinley and Sandoval counties, weather permitting. The approximately 500-acre area, known as Mesa Chivato, is comprised of ponderosa pine, piñon and juniper trees within the Ignacio Chavez and Chamisa Wilderness Study Areas, located west of […]

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