Bitter lake National Wildlife Refuge plans to implement a prescribed fire project on the refuge east of Roswell Feb. 19-24, weather permitting.
Approximately 200 acres of refuge land will be burned in order to mimic a historic wetland regime, thus recycling nutrients and promoting a mosaic of healthy native habitats, according to a press release from Ken Roberts, fire specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Ignition is planned to last for two to three days and will produce visible smoke for a short duration each day. The burn should result in little residual smoke after completion.
If unsafe weather conditions exist, the burn will be rescheduled for a later date.
The refuge visitor center and the tour loop will remain open during the prescribed burn; however, there may be a reduction in visibility caused by smoke on the north end of the tour loop.
For more information, contact Roberts at 575-625-4013.