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BLM schedules prescribed burns

Bureau of Land Management

Fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning a number of prescribed fires this spring if the conditions are right.

The prescribed fires are designed to improve the health of the land, reduce the risk of large wildfires and benefit wildlife habitat.

Each planned fire has an approved burn plan that prescribes the weather and environmental conditions under which the prescribed fire could be ignited.

“At this point we are not sure which of these areas will present the best opportunity for a spring fire,” said Lathan Johnson, fuels specialist for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit. “We’ll only ignite a planned fire if conditions fall within the prescription for a safe, effective burn.”

The Upper Colorado River Interagency Unit includes fire personnel from the BLM, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.

Prescribed fires that could be ignited this spring include:

• The 800-acre Avalanche Creek Prescribed Fire 2 miles south of Carbondale on White River National Forest and Pitkin County Open Space lands.

• The 1,100-acre Hunter Creek Prescribed Fire 2 miles northeast of Aspen on White River National Forest and Pitkin County Open Space lands.

• The 1,500-acre WRF Battlements Prescribed Fire 8 miles east of De Beque on National Forest Service land in Mesa County.

• The 1,800-acre West Divide Prescribed Fire 13 miles south of New Castle on lands managed by the White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management in Garfield County.

• The 170-acre Sheep Gulch Prescribed Fire 5 miles northeast of Gypsum on BLM-managed lands in Eagle County.

• The 650-acre Battlements Prescribed Fire 4 miles northeast of Collbran on BLM-managed lands in Mesa County.

• The 46-acre Parker Basin Prescribed Fire on BLM-managed lands in Mesa County 8 miles southwest of Collbran.

• The 200-acre Nick Mountain/Bald Mountain Prescribed Fire on BLM-managed lands in Mesa County 9 miles southwest of Collbran.

Anyone with health conditions that may be affected by short durations of smoke should contact Lathan Johnson at (970) 244-3000. Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health.