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Spring brings prescribed burns planned for Garfield, Pitkin County

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit is planning prescribed burns north of Rifle and South of Carbondale, which could happen as soon as the end of March.

According to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management, the burns focus on brush and pinyon pine and juniper forest areas and will reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat.

A 750-acre burn on Coulter Mesa, 13 miles northeast of Rifle, is the only fire planned in Garfield County. However, two burns are planned for Pitkin county. A 140 acre burn four miles south of Carbondale in the Prince Creek area will complete an oak-brush thinning project which began last fall. That project was designed to protect homes and private land from wildfire.

The other Pitkin County burn will be two miles south of Basalt in the area of Light Hill. That burn is planned for 100 acres.

Burns will be conducted when weather, moisture, and fuel conditions allow between late March and the end of May.

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