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Release Date: 03/25/14
Contacts: Kyle Sullivan, Public Affairs Specialist, 719-269-8553    

Trail Gulch Prescribed Burn

CANON CITY, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to conduct a prescribed burn in the Trail Gulch area, approximately 15 miles northwest of Cañon City between Shelf Road and High Park Road in northern Fremont County. 
Depending on weather and fuel moisture conditions, the prescribed burn could begin in early to mid-April.  Approximately 385 acres of BLM land will be treated to reduce accumulated hazardous fuel and improve wildlife habitat.  Targeted fuels include ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, juniper and residual slash from previous thinning treatments.
The project will create a mosaic of burned and unburned areas intended to reduce conifer encroachment in grass parks while improving forage for wildlife and domestic livestock.  Prescribed fire also helps to create various stages of plant succession, which is critical to the health of fire-adapted ecosystems.
Smoke from the prescribed burn will be visible throughout the day of the burn, mostly during the warmest part of the day.  With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low lying areas. 
For additional information, contact Ty Webb (719) 269-8560 at the BLM, Royal Gorge Field Office in Cañon City.            

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.

Last updated: 03-26-2014