Federal land managers are teaming up with the state Game and Fish Department to conduct a series of prescribed fires across hundreds of acres in three New Mexico counties. The work is scheduled to begin next week and is aimed at clearing out brush to reduce the severity and risk of wildfire. One project involves about 1,000 acres within the El Malpais National Conservation Area near Grants. Fire managers estimate it will take a few days to complete the burning operations. The exact timing will largely depend upon weather. The other project will cover about 500 acres within the Ignacio and Chamisa Wilderness Study Areas southwest of San Luis

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