Prescribed burn under way Sunday south of Silt
UPDATE, Sunday 1:15 p.m.: According to a Sunday afternoon post on the White River National Forest Facebook page, smoke may be visible along Interstate 70 between Rifle and New Castle, as well as from the Roaring Fork Valley this afternoon, as firefighters are proceeding with the 1,000-acre West Divide prescribed burn south of Silt. The burn area is near Mosquito Lake on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
“Firefighters are burning small sections at a time and expect to burn most of the afternoon,” according to the post. “The fire burns uphill and stops when it hits snow at higher elevations. The burn is being conducted to reduce fuels for wildfires and to improve wildlife habitat.
Original report: A prescribed burn is planned for Sunday about 17 miles south of Silt near Mosquito Lake, according to a news release from the White River National Forest office.
Fire managers from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit plan to ignite the prescribed fire if conditions allow, the release states.
Smoke will be visible along Interstate 70 from Rifle to New Castle and may potentially be seen in the Roaring Fork Valley from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and the Four Mile Drainage.
“Smoke should dissipate during the day but may remain on the valley floors as temperatures drop,” the release states. “Up to 1,000 acres will be burned on lands managed by the White River National Forest to reduce fuel for wildfires and to improve wildlife habitat.”
For additional information about the fire managers’ detailed prescribed fire plan, contact Lathan Johnson at 970-257-4819.
For information on how the smoke may impact your health, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
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