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Release Date: 12/15/09
Contacts: Erin Curtis, Public Information Officer, (970) 244-3097    
  Lee Ann Loupe, USFS Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 945-3237    

Winter Pile Burns Planned in Mesa County

Grand Junction, Colo. – Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit say they could begin to burn slash piles in Mesa County as early as this week.

Crews will aim to burn up to 300 piles on Black Ridge west of the Colorado National Monument, 100 piles on the Uncompahgre Plateau south of highway 141 and 60 piles five miles east of the town of Mesa.

The piles were generated from fuels reduction projects. Crews will be conducting the burns when weather, moisture, and fuel conditions allow January through March.

During burn periods, smoke is likely to be visible from the town of Mesa, and the Black Ridge burns will be visible from Grand Junction, Fruita and Loma.

Weather conditions will be monitored and burns will be implemented when conditions are suitable for safe and effective prescribed burns and good smoke dispersal. All prescribed fires in the Upper Colorado River are conducted under an approved burn plan with smoke permits from the State of Colorado.
The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit is composed of the BLM Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction Field Offices; Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests; the White River National Forest; and the Colorado National Monument. It encompasses more than 4.5 million acres oriented along the Interstate 70 corridor from the Continental Divide on the east to the Utah state line on the west.

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: 12-15-2009