Red Rio Bombing Range
The Red Rio Bombing Range, an active Air Force facility, encompasses approximately 54,800 ha (135,400 acres) on the White Sands Missile Range [WSMR]. Military activities have been conducted throughout the bombing range; however, current military firing operations occur within an 810 ha (2,000 acres) impact zone near the center of the bombing range. HAFB conducted a survey for candidate, threatened, and endangered species within the impact zone and along nearby roads within the bombing range, and none were found. The impact of "live bombing" on this ecosystem within the Red Rio Bombing Range is unknown.
The Oscura Fire Management Area (FMA) corresponds more or less to the Oscura Mountain EMU; the Salinas FMA includes the Little Burro Mountains, Mockingbird Mountains, and the northern San Andres Mountains. There are three Fire Management Zones (FMZs) in the Oscura FMA. The Oscura 2 FMZ, which encompasses Chupadera Mesa, had the highest recorded number of fires on WSMR. Most of these fires were caused by mission-related activities in the Red Rio Bombing Range, and occurred within established firebreaks. Native plant communities in these areas may potentially have been replaced by non-native plants that prefer highly disturbed sites.
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