The Socorro Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management is planning to broadcast burn 3,000 acres on the west side of Ladrone Mountain and 2,700 acres in the Lower Taylor burn unit on Chupadera Mesa in Socorro County between May 31 and June 30, weather permitting. The Ladrone burn is located about 20 miles west of Bernardo and the Lower Taylor burn is located about 21 miles west-northwest of Carrizozo, immediately adjacent to US Highway 380.
The objectives for these burns are to remove slash (limbs and branches) created as part of old thinning projects, reduce wildfire risk, reduce tree encroachment into traditional grasslands, improve ecosystem health, and enhance wildlife habitat.
Active ignition will take three to five days for each individual burn, with some smoke visible in the burn areas for up to a week after ignition operations are completed. Firefighters will monitor each burn until there is no visible smoke.
The smoke from the Ladrone prescribed burn may be visible from Interstate 25. Smoke from the Lower Taylor burn may impact US Highway 380 and could create brief periods of reduced visibility for motorists. In addition, firefighters will be working adjacent to Highway 380, so motorists are advised to use caution when driving through the area during the burn.
While the BLM plans to ignite these burns, fire restrictions remain in place for all non-federal, non-municipal, and non-tribal lands in New Mexico, as well as BLM lands in Socorro and Catron Counties.
Questions about the burns should be directed to the BLM’s Socorro Field Office at 575-835-0412.