BLM plans prescribed burn activities in Chaves and Lincoln counties


Bureau of Land Management

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ROSWELL, N.M.Beginning in late January, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to conduct prescribed fire operations in Lincoln County. Specifically, the BLM plans the operations in the Fort Stanton and Lincoln areas. The operations, which will continue through April, are weather dependent and will take several days to complete.

Smoke from the burn may be visible from Ruidoso, Capitan, Lincoln, Alto and nearby communities. Although smoke should not impact highways, personnel will post signs along roadways to inform motorists about the potential for smoke. The agency reminds motorists to use caution by reducing speed and watching for fire personnel and equipment.   

These operations will decrease the risk of damage from wildfires and loss to adjacent property. Other goals are to improve watershed and habitat conditions, increase the health, vigor, and competitive ability of the native plant community, and reduce the threat of non-native and native invasive plant species.

“We are doing our part to better serve our neighbors and communities by improving forest and rangeland health,” said BLM Fire Management Specialist Dominic Bell

Prior to and during all prescribed fires, fire managers coordinate with the New Mexico Environment Department and follow air quality regulations. Those who may have health conditions that make them vulnerable to smoke exposure can get information about smoke and protecting their health at In addition to NMED’s air quality monitoring site at and are resources for viewing sources of smoke and other factors affecting air quality.

The BLM encourages public land users to continue to be careful with fire. To report a wildfire on public land, call Alamogordo Interagency Dispatch at 877-695-1663. For more information on this prescribed burn and the BLM fire and hazardous fuels reduction program, contact Dominic Bell at 575-627-0327. Follow the implementation of this project on or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.