Prescribed burn planned for Basalt Mountain |

Prescribed burn planned for Basalt Mountain

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit is preparing for fall prescribed burning activities on the Roaring Fork Burn Unit.The 160-acre prescribed fire area is located on National Forest system land 5 miles north of El Jebel on Basalt Mountain. The planned prescribed fire is intended to improve wildlife habitat and enhance defensible space around rural and urban communities by reducing fuel loads in shrub and brush ecosystems.The burn will be ignited in October or early November. To minimize impacts to hunters, the burn will be conducted before or between deer and elk hunting seasons. Forest Service Road 524 may be closed for several hours on the day of the burn. Campers along Forest Service Road 524 may be asked to relocate temporarily while the burn is conducted.Since it’s impossible to predict when proper fuel moisture, weather conditions and temperatures will align for burning activities to occur, specific burn dates have not been set. Weather conditions will be closely monitored, and the burn will be initiated only if conditions are ideal for safe and effective prescribed fire.

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