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Smoke from prescribed burns may be seen in LA

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two national forests in New Mexico are planning prescribed fires this week that are designed to clear out hazardous fuels from hundreds of acres.

Officials with the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico plan to treat more than 200 acres east of Santa Fe as long as the weather cooperates.

The treatment is focused on improving the health of Santa Fe's watershed.

Smoke will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Pecos, Los Alamos and as far south as Albuquerque.

In southern New Mexico, Lincoln National Forest officials are planning to burn slash piles over a 470-acre area southwest of Glencoe.

The Skillet 3 project is the first of several fuel reduction treatment scheduled on the Lincoln forest this fall.