Farmington — The Farmington Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will conduct a controlled burn in December.

Depending on weather conditions, the prescribed burn could occur any day from Monday to Dec. 31 on 115 acres of BLM land located south of Bloomfield.

Fire crews from the BLM and San Juan County will monitor the fire activity, and smoke could be visible from U.S. Highway 550 and adjacent roads.

The controlled burn is being ordered as a way to reduce the slash that was generated from a thinning operation conducted in 2012.

The area will be seeded at a later date as part of the plan to increase the overall health of the area and to increase grasses and forbs for wildlife.