Gila Forest’s Wilderness district plans prescribed fire

Wildfire smoke

MIMBRES, N.M. (AP) – Officials with the Gila National Forest say they’re planning a prescribed burn on a portion of the Wilderness Ranger District in southwestern New Mexico.

The work is scheduled to begin Monday weather permitting. It will cover 420 acres.

The project has the support of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish since it’s aimed at improving wildlife habitat and reducing hazardous fuels in the forest.

Fire managers are advising hunters to be aware of the project. The area, including along State Highway 35, will be signed and posted for public safety.

Smoke will likely be noticeable during days of ignitions and may linger at night and early morning, especially in the Mimbres Valley. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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