Forest officials kick off prescribed fire in Valle Vidal

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QUESTA, N.M. (AP) – Forest officials are warning residents in northeastern New Mexico that they might see smoke from a prescribed fire on the east side of the Valle Vidal.

The Questa Ranger District started the project Wednesday. It’s designed to clear out a couple of square miles of overgrown forest north of the McCrystal campground.

The work is expected to last two to three days as long as conditions remain favorable.

Forest officials say the project is meant to improve wildlife habitat by decreasing the density of tree stands and increasing the diversity of tree size and age. The burn also will help with the restoration of meadows and reduce the potential for a high-intensity fire.

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