Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Burn Prescribed for Foothills.(Metropolitan)

IN BRIEF

SANDIA PARK Two words were uttered Wednesday that some New Mexicans wish they had never heard: prescribed burn.

But U.S. Forest Service officials said people shouldn't worry a planned fire near Sandia Park will be less than 10 acres and will be limited to piles of slash, or felled wood, stacked in existing firebreaks.

The firebreaks are denuded of fuel so flames shouldn't spread, Cibola National Forest spokeswoman Karen Carter said.

Weather permitting, the fire probably will start Tuesday in Cienega Canyon and Armijo Canyon near Sandia Park, Carter said.

A prescribed burn conducted by the National Park Service last May ravaged Los Alamos. …

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