La Luz & Maruche Canyon Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

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Throughout winter and spring fire personnel on the Lincoln National Forest will be prescribe burning in the La Luz and Maruche Canyons on the Sacramento Ranger District in Otero County as conditions allow. Approximately 146 acres of slash piles are planned for burning in the area. The prescribed burn area is about 3-4 miles north of High Rolls.  Prescribed fire, including pile burning, reduces the risk of severe wildfire and allow less intense fire to play its natural role in a frequent-fire ecosystem like the Lincoln National Forest. Fuel treatments, such as prescribed burns, are an effective way to slow wildfires and moderate fire behavior. The decision to implement a specific prescribed burn depends on multiple conditions, including the firefighter availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality, smoke dispersal, and

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