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Release Date: 10/06/09
Contacts: Dan Huisjen, Fire Ecologist, 970-240-5339    
  Lee Ann Loupe, Public and Legislative Affairs Staff Officer, 970-874-6717    
  Erin Curtis, Public Affairs Specialist, 970-244-3097    

Prescribed Burn Planned Near Powerhorn

Montrose, Colo.--Officials with the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit say a prescribed burn near the town of Powderhorn could begin as early as this week.
Burning will begin this week if 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.
The Powderhorn Burn will continue through the fall and until the snow flights. The objectives of the burn are to reduce natural fuels and improve forage for wildlife and livestock. The area that will be targeted is three miles south of the town of Powderhorn, near 10 Miles Springs Road.

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.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 10-06-2009