NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced prescribed burns in New Mexico. The burns will take place in Chaves County and Lincoln County.

BLM said the prescribed fire-burning locations are northwest of Roswell and east of Roswell, near the Sand Ranch Area of Environmental Concern.

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Smoke may be seen from Roswell, Midway, Dexter, Hagerman, Elida, Tatum, Corona, and Arabela. The burns will take place from mid-February through April, depending on weather conditions.

Prescribed burns are used to decrease the risk of wildfires, increase the health of native plants, and reduce non-native or invasive plant species. Learn more here.