U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 09/04/09|
Prescribed Fires Planned for Fall Burning Window (9/4/2009)
Montrose, CO (September 2, 2009- 4:30 PM) – As temperatures get cooler this fall, crews from the Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests will be conducting several prescribed burns in west-central Colorado.
Burning will begin once weather and fuel moisture conditions are conducive to achieving burn objectives and maintaining control of the burns. Fire managers will also consider the existence of smoke in the area and will consider air quality issues before scheduling any prescribed burns.
“These prescribed burns will enhance the ecological health of these natural areas. They also reduce dense vegetation and fuels which lessens the chance for catastrophic wildfires,” said Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit Fire Management Officer Scott Schuster. “While a wildfire in these areas can negatively impact natural areas, private property and power lines, controlled burns have a positive impact. The burns will improve wildlife habitat, regenerate new growth, and discourage pine beetle re-infestation.”
The areas slated for treatment include:
North Fork Valley
Additionally, several pile burns will be implemented October through December when snow is present. These burns are located on the Uncompahgre Plateau near power lines and north of Ridgway near the Dallas Creek Electrical Substation.
Weather conditions will be closely monitored prior to and during the burns, and the burns will only be initiated if conditions are within approved parameters for safe and effective fires. Each controlled burn conducted by the agencies has gone through an environmental analysis and has a detailed burn plan developed in advance. Appropriate smoke permits have been obtained for each burn, as well.
MEDIA NOTE: If interested in covering one of these prescribed burns, including capturing photos or video, please contact Erin Curtis by September 11. As burns are scheduled based on conditions, we will contact those interested to arrange coverage.
2465 South Townsend Montrose, Colorado 81401
|Last updated: 09-04-2009|
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