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New Mexico Officials Prepare for Dangerous Fire Season

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Wildland managers in southern New Mexico are readying for what could be a dangerous fire season by conducting prescribed burns on 6,700 acres.  

The Lincoln National Forest plans burns on the Smokey Bear and Guadalupe ranger districts if the weather conditions permit them.  

The 5,000-acre Red Lake burn will be about four miles southeast of Queen, and the Nosker burn of 900 acres will be northwest of Glencoe. The Bureau of Land Management plans on burning about 800 acres in the Holt Tank Draw area about 10 miles southwest of Hope.  

BLM Carlsbad Field Office fuels specialist Jennifer Ward says the burn will reduce dense overgrown brush in the drainage and stimulate the growth of native grasses.

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