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BLM plans prescribed burns

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct prescribed burn operations in Lincoln County starting in February.

The burns, which will continue into the spring, are expected to occur about 10 miles northeast of Ruidoso and 5 miles southeast of Capitan in Lincoln County. There are two prescribed fires being planned to take place within the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, one about 5 miles southwest of the State Road 220 and U.S. 380 junction and the other west of Sierra Blanca Regional Airport.

These operations are dependent upon weather conditions and will take several days to complete. Smoke from the burns may be visible from Capitan, Lincoln, Ruidoso and other surrounding communities. Signs will be posted along roadways to inform motorists of the activities. Motorists should use caution by reducing speed and watching for fire personnel and equipment.

For more information on these prescribed burn projects and the BLM fire and hazardous fuels reduction program, please call Nathan Curnutt at 575-627-0311. To report a wildfire on public land, please call Alamogordo Interagency Dispatch at 877-695-1663.

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