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BLM planning prescribed burn

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The federal Bureau of Land Management has announced it is planning to conduct a prescribed burn late this month or early June on about 4,500 acres of land located about 20 miles southwest of Roswell.
This project south of State Road 13, which is dependent on weather conditions, is named the Westside NW Prescribed Fire. The BLM said the project is part of a restoration effort to improve rangeland health and reduce accumulation of vegetation that poses a fire hazard throughout the region. If conditions, including weather, do not meet pre-determined parameters, the BLM said it will attempt the burn on another day.
The BLM said smoke may be visible from Roswell, U.S. Route 285, State Road 13, Dexter, Hagerman, Artesia and surrounding areas. The agency said measures will be taken to reduce the amount of smoke created by the prescribed fire, and operations will be suspended early enough in the day to allow much of the smoke to dissipate before nightfall. Signs to alert the public of the burn operations will be posted and public access into the project area is discouraged.
For more information on the specific locations, call Alamogordo Dispatch at 575-437-2286 or the BLM at 575-234-5972. For more information on the BLM prescribed fire program, call Fire Management Specialist Matias Telles at 575-644-4431.