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Release Date: 02/04/13
Contacts: James Savage , 575-420-7231  

BLM Plans Prescribed Burns in BLM Plans Prescribed Burns in Fort Stanton-Snowy River National Conservation Area

Roswell, NM – Starting the week of February 11, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin prescribed burning operations in the Ft. Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (NCA).  Burning operations will take place as weather conditions permit and are expected to occur intermittently through mid-April.
The 2013 Ft. Stanton Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project consists of broadcast burning prescribed fire units that were created from previous thinning projects within the NCA.  The purpose of the prescribed burning is to reduce the amount of vegetation available to wildfire, decrease the risk of loss to adjacent property, and to improve watershed conditions.  Other goals are to increase health, vigor, and competitive ability of the native plant community and to reduce the density of exotic, invader, and introduced species.
Units proposed for burning in the spring of 2013 are all maintenance burns that have received previous thinning and prescribed fire treatments.  The following units will be included in the possible spring burning program for the NCA: 220 acres of the South Mesa Unit located 1.5 miles west of Sierra Blanca Regional Airport along County Road 220; 131 acres of the West Spur Unit located 4 miles west of Ft. Stanton; and 137 acres of the West Mesa Unit located 3.5 miles west of Ft. Stanton.  
The prescribed fire requirements include having the appropriate weather conditions and required number of personnel and types of equipment on site.  Measures will be taken to reduce the amount of smoke created by the prescribed fire. Ignition operations will be suspended early enough in the day to allow smoke to dissipate before nightfall.
The BLM encourages public land users to continue to be careful with fire.  To report a wildfire on public land, please call Alamogordo Interagency Dispatch at 877-695-1663.  For additional information, please contact Roswell Field Office Fire Management Specialist James Savage at 575-420-7231.  Information and updates about the prescribed fire operations will be posted on

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Last updated: 02-05-2013