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Release Date: 04/04/13
Contacts: Lino R Baca , 575-838-3024  
  Lann Moore , 575-838-6286  

BLM Plans Prescribed Burn in Socorro County

Socorro, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Socorro Field Office, in cooperation with White Sands Missile Range and the New Mexico State Land Office, will conduct a prescribed burn on Chupadera Mesa beginning April 1-30, 2013, weather permitting. About 3,800 acres of grass, piñon, and juniper will be burned to remove slash (limbs and branches) created as part of old thinning projects, reduce wildfire risk, reduce tree encroachment into traditional grasslands, improve ecosystem health, and enhance wildlife habitat.
The Chupadera burn is located 10 miles east of Bingham NM, 21 miles west-northwest of Carrizozo NM, and 5 miles north of US Highway 380. The northern boundary of the burn area follows Socorro County Road B176 (aka Iron Mine Road).
Smoke may be visible from White Sands Missile Range, Carrizozo, and Bingham, as well as Highway 380 and county road B175. However, smoke from the burn is not expected to impact any major travel routes. County Road B176 may be impacted by burn operations and smoke so motorists are advised to use caution when driving in the area during the burn.
Contact the Socorro Field Office for more information at (575) 835-0412.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 04-04-2013