Federal officials plan a prescribed burn in a national forest near small towns in northern New Mexico that are along a scenic road popular with tourists.
The Santa Fe National Forest's Espanola Ranger District intends to burn 260 acres in the Borrego Mesa area to remove undergrowth and dead timber that could potentially fuel larger and more damaging wildfires.
The burn area is about two miles east of Cordova and three miles south of Truchas. The communities are on the "high road to Taos," a route through the mountains between Santa Fe and Taos.
The Forest Service said it will look for good weather conditions to do the burning between Sept. 18 and Oct. 4.
Officials said smoke may be seen in several communities, including Santa Fe, Tesuque and Penasco.
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