BLM plans prescribed fire in Catron County


Bureau of Land Management

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Socorro Field Office

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SOCORRO, N.M. – Beginning November 1 and ending December 31, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 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:

  • Alamocita Pile Burn: 135 acres, located east of Pie Town and approximately 10 miles north of Highway 60.
  • Tank Canyon Pile Burn: 215 acres, located approximately 25 miles north of Pie Town and about two miles east of the York Ranch RD in the vicinity of the Wild Horse subdivision.
  • Wild Horse Slash Pit: located off of the Wood Camp Rd.

Active ignition will take one to five days, with some smoke visible in the burn areas for up to a week after ignition operations are completed. Firefighters will monitor the burns until there is no visible smoke. For public safety, prescribed fire signs will be posted on Highway 60, Highway 12, and county roads near the burn locations. Motorists should be aware that smoke from the fires could reduce visibility for brief periods of time on Highways 60, 12 and York Ranch Road. In addition, caution is advised when driving in the areas due to presence of fire personnel and equipment along roads. 

The piles were created as part of thinning projects in order to reduce wildfire risk, improve ecosystem health, improve wildlife habitat, and help protect local communities from wildfire. The Wild Horse Slash Pit is a cooperative effort with the local community to provide a place for disposal of woody debris from private lands.

Prior to and during all prescribed fires, fire managers coordinate with the New Mexico Environment Department and follow all air quality regulations. People who are either susceptible to or affected by COVID-19 may have health conditions that also make them vulnerable to smoke exposure. For more information about smoke and protecting your health, please visit

Please contact the Socorro Field Office at 575-835-0412 with any questions about these projects. For more information about this and other prescribed burn operations, as well as wildland fire updates, please visit

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.