FARMINGTON — A controlled burn has tentatively been planned along U.S. Highway 550.

Shortly after noon today, the Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office will burn 1,400 acres of sagebrush east of the highway about 13 miles south of Bloomfield, if weather conditions remain favorable.

The burn will clear old sagebrush and help encourage growth of grasses and small, flowering plants, said Bill Papich, a spokesman for the bureau's Farmington field office.

The bureau has taken a number of contingency measures, Papich said. Firefighters have already cut a number of fire breaks in the area. About 30 firefighters with the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service and San Juan County will be present with additional fire engines.

The land scheduled for the burn is also surrounded by roads, Papich said.

Wind this afternoon is forecast not to blow smoke over the highway, Papich said.

"If smoke blows onto the highway, we'll shut the burn down," he said. "We don't anticipate any disruption in traffic flow."