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Federal agency burning undergrowth in NM forests

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm •  Published: October 24, 2013

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prescribed burns are being used in a national forest in northern New Mexico to try to reduce the risk of damaging wildfires.

The Santa Fe National Forest's Coyote Ranger District burned 200 acres northeast of Gallina on Wednesday and Thursday to remove undergrowth and dead timber that could fuel larger fires in the future.

Smoke may be seen from the communities of Gallina, Coyote, Abiquiu as well as the Christ in the Desert Monastery.

The Santa Fe National Forest's Espanola Ranger District burned nearly 150 acres over two days in the Borrego Mesa area east of Cordova. Smoke may be visible in Santa Fe and other communities such as Tesuque.