Silver City – The Gila National Forest plans to start a prescribed fire Monday east of Mogollon and south of N.M. 159.
The forest's Glenwood Ranger District is planning to continue the prescribed burning through the fall and winter as the weather allows.
Forest officials say the idea is to reduce the danger of wildfires by burning piles of cut trees left by a thinning project.
Firefighting crews will monitor the burns.
Gila forest officials say smoke from the project will be visible in the early morning and evening hours along N.M. 159.
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