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BLM Colorado Glenwood Springs Field Office
Release Date: 06/08/09
Contacts: David Boyd 970-947-2800    

Prince Creek Prescribed Fire begins today south of Carbondale

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit will begin the 140-acre Prince Creek Prescribed Fire today 10 miles south of Carbondale, Colo.

The prescribed fire may produce a large amount of smoke that will be visible from Carbondale and other communities. Prince Creek Road will remain open, but firefighters are asking the public to avoid the area if possible to reduce traffic congestion and safety concerns.

Burning should begin later this afternoon as firefighters burn a “black-line” around the perimeter of the burn area. Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting, firefighters will ignite the burn area.

Firefighters are burning dead slash on the ground that resulted from fuels reduction work two years ago. A “prescribed fire” follows a detailed prescription of acceptable weather and fuel conditions, and conditions appear good for this burn.

“The weather we have been having in the valley this spring has actually created conditions we are looking for with this burn – low fire danger and a low potential to spread into the shrubs and trees in the area,” said Fuels Specialist Ody Anderson.

The Prince Creek Prescribe Fire is part of a project designed to lessen the risk of a wildfire burning from Bureau of Land Management public land into the Prince Creek Subdivision, as well as to improve ecosystem health and wildlife habitat.

Two years ago crews thinned oak and other brush from five separate units in the area, totaling about 195 acres. The burn will remove the dead vegetation remaining from the thinning effort. Last spring crews burned about 40 acres.

The fire will only be ignited if it falls within the prescribed conditions for a safe and effective fire. Fire crews work directly with the National Weather Service as well as take frequent weather readings before and during the burning. If conditions begin to fall outside of the prescribed conditions, the burning will be called off. More than 20 firefighters will be on hand to manage the fire. Additional resources, including fire engines, are available should they be needed.

For additional information, call 970-947-2800.

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.

BLM Colorado Glenwood Springs Field Office   50629 Highway 6 & 24      Glenwood Springs, CO 81601   

Last updated: 06-12-2009