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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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Cibola NF & NG – Magdalena Ranger District Planning Baney Prescribed Burn

Magdalena, N.M., September 12, 2019 – The Cibola National Forest, Magdalena Ranger District is planning a prescribed burn to help improve wildlife habitat and forest health. The Baney Prescribed Fire Project is expected to begin this fall and continue until completed, depending on weather and vegetation conditions. Up to 2,500 acres will be treated in […]

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Final Lava 18 Fire Update Unless Significant Events Occur

Lava 18 Fire Interagency News Release For Immediate Release September 11, 2019 Contact:  Ernie Price, 505-285-4641 ext. 18, ernie_price@nps.gov Final Lava 18 Fire Update Unless Significant Events Occur Grants, NM – The lightning-ignited Lava 18 Fire is approximately 2,070 acres (858 ac on the National Park Service (NPS) El Malpais National Monument and 1,212 acres […]

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Lava 18 Fire Continues to Meet Objectives

Lava 18 Fire Interagency News Release For Immediate Release September 7, 2019 Contact:  Ernie Price, 505-285-4641 ext. 18, ernie_price@nps.gov Lava 18 Fire Continues to Meet Objectives Grants, NM – The lightning-ignited Lava 18 Fire is approximately 1,500 acres. This fire is playing an important role maintaining a healthy forest and ensuring the resiliency of this […]

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Expect to See Smoke During Aerial Ignition on Lava 18 Fire

Lava 18 Fire Interagency News Release For Immediate Release September 5, 2019 Contact:  Ernie Price, 505-285-4641 ext. 18, ernie_price@nps.gov Expect to See Smoke During Aerial Ignition on Lava 18 Fire Grants, NM – The lightning-ignited Lava 18 Fire is approximately 330 acres. Firefighters plan to use aerial ignitions the next two days to strategically burnout approximately 100 acres each […]

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Increased Smoke Expected on Lava 18 Fire as Firefighters Conduct Strategic Firing Operations to Protect Private Land

Increased Smoke Expected on Lava 18 Fire as Firefighters Conduct Strategic Firing Operations to Protect Private Land  Grants, NM – The lightning-ignited Lava 18 Fire is estimated to be approximately 64 acres. Firefighters are monitoring this lightning-caused fire where it is maintaining the natural role in the ecosystem and using a full range of tactics to […]

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Blue Mountain Fire – Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola NF – 8/27/2019

Magdalena, NM; August 27, 2019 – For Immediate Release.  The Blue Mountain Fire, located approximately 3 ½ miles northwest of Blue Mountain in the San Mateo Mountains, on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began Sunday, August 25, 2019 and has increased to 42 acres in size.  A course of action […]

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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 Sandoval County

Between July 31 – Aug. 14, the Bureau of Land Management Rio Puerco Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed burn on 40 acres of BLM-managed lands located approximately 13 miles south of Cuba, New Mexico, weather permitting.  The burn is expected to take one day, and will be conducted on the east side of […]

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Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Roberts Fire Received Rain on the Magdalena Ranger District

Magdalena, NM; July 17, 2019 –  The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began July 13, 2019.  The fire size remained at 600 acres due to precipitation received over the fire perimeter.  There are with approximately 193 […]

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Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Roberts Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District

Magdalena, NM; July 14, 2019 – For Immediate Release.  The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began July 13, 2019.  The fire has grown to an estimated 500 acres with approximately 100 personnel assigned.  Resources include one […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District Plans Durfee-Bolander Prescribed Burn

MAGDALENA, NM, June 19, 2019– Fire managers from Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are planning to conduct the Durfee-Bolander prescribed burn on the Magdalena Ranger District to begin on June 22, 2019 in the San Mateo Mountains, as conditions and favorable weather permit. Aerial and hand ignition will be used to treat up to […]

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NPS and BLM Conduct Prescribed Fire at El Malpais National Monument

The National Park Service at El Malpais National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management’s El Malpais National Conservation Area are conducting a prescribed fire on the west side of the national monument near the junction of County Road (CR) 42 and the Big Tubes turn-off. This prescribed burn is being called the Rendija Fire […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District Postpone Baney Prescribed Burn

MAGDALENA, NM, May 19, 2019– Fire managers from Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are postponing the Baney prescribed burn on the Magdalena Ranger District originally planned for this week, due to forecasted winds over the burn perimeter later today through the first of the week. Fire managers will look to reschedule the 5,000 acre […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District Plan Baney Prescribed Burn

MAGDALENA, NM, May 15, 2019– Fire managers from Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are planning to conduct the Baney prescribed burn on the Magdalena Ranger District to begin on May 18 – 25, 2019 in the  San Mateo Mountains, as conditions and favorable weather permit. Aerial and hand ignition will be used to treat […]

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BLM to Continue Prescribed Fire in Cibola County in May-June

This month and into June, the Bureau of Land Management Rio Puerco Field Office plans to continue 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 […]

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BLM Prescribed Fire in McKinley and Sandoval Counties in May – Early June

As early as next week and continuing through spring and into early summer, 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 […]

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