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Prescribed burns planned in Chaves County

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The Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct prescribed burns in Chaves County beginning this month and continuing through spring.

The Sand Ranch prescribed fire, according to a BLM press release, consists of three burns located 40 miles east of Roswell. The operations are dependent upon favorable weather conditions and will take several days to complete. Smoke from the burns may be visible from surrounding communities and nearby roadways.

BLM officials recommend exercising caution and avoiding areas impacted by smoke and burn operations.

The objectives of the burn are to reduce the amount of vegetation available to wildfire and to conduct research to determine how wildlife and plant species may respond, according to the press release. Other goals include improving watershed, habitat and increasing the competitive ability of the native plant community.

Environmental trends, conditions at the time of the project’s implementation and forecasts will be taken into consideration to minimize negative impacts. Measures will also be taken to reduce the amount of smoke created by the prescribed fires, BLM officials said.

For more information on the prescribed burn please call 575-627-0311.