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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge to conduct prescribed burn

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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.

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For more information, contact Roberts at 575-625-4013.

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