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Release Date: 03/12/12
Contacts: Contact: Chris Barth, Public Information Officer    
  Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit    
  Phone: 970.240.5317 (o)    
  970.596.0430 (c)    

Gold Basin Prescribed Burn Expected to Begin March 16th (03-12-12)

Gunnison, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Gunnison Field Office is planning to begin a prescribed burn on March 16th in the Gold Basin area. The 150-acre prescribed burn is located nine miles south of Gunnison off Saguache County Road 38 and is intended to reduce hazardous fuels around the Gold Basin subdivision. Crews will be using prescribe fire as conditions allow, and anticipate work to be completed within two weeks.

“Fire managers use prescribed fires to reduce wildfire risk to communities, help restore and maintain ecosystem health, and achieve specific resource objectives such as habitat improvement and fuels reduction,” said Chris Barth, MIFMU Fire Mitigation Specialist. “Prescribed fires give fire managers the greatest control over the size and intensity of a fire because they can time and plan the burning conditions under which they ignite, and use ignition techniques that reduce potentially negative impacts.”

This prescribed burn has gone through an environmental analysis and has a detailed burn plan.  Each burn plan contains specific criteria regarding weather conditions and air quality that must be met to help ensure control of the burn as well as to minimize the potential smoke impacts to local communities.  A Smoke Permit, which identifies atmospheric conditions under which the burn can be implemented, has been obtained from the Colorado State Air Pollution Control Division for this project.

Smoke may be visible in the area at times during the prescribed burn.  Most of the smoke will lift and dissipate during the warmest part of the day.  Some smoke may linger over the area and in drainages as temperatures drop during the evening. 

If you own a home in a fire-prone area, consider taking a few simple steps to make your property more defensible in the event of a wildfire. Your actions will increase your safety and the safety of firefighters as well. Creating defensible space around your home and mitigating your wildfire risk will increase the probability that your home will survive a wildfire. For more information on the ways to mitigate your risks from wildfire, visit

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: 03-12-2012