Prescribed fire planned in Lincoln County

Roswell, N.M. - Beginning the week of Oct. 4, 2021, and continuing through the rest of the month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct prescribed fire operations approximately ten miles northeast of Ruidoso and six miles southeast of Capitan in Lincoln County. The 600-acre Eastwell slash pile unit is located within the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area. 

This operation is weather dependent and will take several days to complete. Smoke from the burn may be visible from Capitan, Lincoln, Ruidoso and other surrounding communities. Signs will be posted along roadways to inform motorists who may potentially be affected by smoke. Motorists are reminded to use caution by reducing speed and watching for fire personnel and equipment.    

The purpose of the prescribed burn is to remove slash from a previous thinning project. This will help to 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 to reduce the threat of non-native and native invasive plant species. 

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 more information on this prescribed burn and the BLM fire and hazardous fuels reduction program, please call Dominic Bell at 575-627-0327. You can also follow implementation of this project on, on Twitter @nmfireinfo or on 

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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Jillian Aragon