Controlled burns could start this week in Eagle and Garfield counties |

Controlled burns could start this week in Eagle and Garfield counties

Firefighters are planning prescribed fires in Eagle and Garfield counties this fall as conditions warrant. Burning could begin as early as this week.

The 200-acre Sheep Gulch Prescribed Fire is planned 4 miles northwest of Gypsum in Eagle County to reduce hazardous fuels and improve sagebrush health. Smoke may be seen from the Eagle River corridor and from Gypsum.

In Garfield County, the 160-acre Roan Plateau Prescribed Fire is planned north of Rifle in the East Fork Drainage of Parachute Creek to help restore aspen. Smoke may be seen from the Roan Plateau, Rifle and Interstate 70.

“We will only ignite these prescribed fires if conditions are ideal for safe, effective burns, as well as for good smoke dispersal away from area communities,” said Rusty Stark, fuels specialist for the Bureau of Land Management Colorado River Valley Field Office.

Fire managers have developed a detailed prescribed fire plan and obtained smoke permits from the state of Colorado for each of the planned burns.

Anyone with health conditions that may be affected by short durations of smoke should contact Stark at (970) 876-9030. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, see

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